Newborn Circumcision - Physician Charges Only

This is the surgical removal of skin that covers the tip of the penis (foreskin).




This is the surgical removal of skin that covers the tip of the penis (foreskin).



Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin that covers the tip of the penis (foreskin).

  • A ring-shaped plastic device may be used to protect the penis and minimize bleeding.
  • After the procedure, a sterile dressing with petroleum jelly may be applied.
  • To prevent movement during the procedure, the infant may be secured in a plastic tray.
  • Having a circumcision done later in life is possible, but there is a greater chance of complications.

A circumcision takes about five to ten minutes. For a few hours after it is done the infant should be checked frequently for bleeding. The penis should then be monitored for the next few days.

  • The tip of the penis will be red, tender and slightly swollen for a few days.
  • If the plastic ring is left in place, follow instructions from your son's healthcare provider.
  • Petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment may be put on a gauze pad and loosely wrapped around the penis. This can help stop the head of the penis from sticking to the diaper.
  • You will be able to see any significant bleeding without taking off the dressing.
  • Complete healing may take about seven to ten days.

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on caring for the penis as it heals.

  • Sponge baths are usually okay.
  • Tub baths should be avoided until the penis and umbilical cord have healed.
  • Avoid creams, lotions, powders or soaps until the area has completely healed.

Notify your son's healthcare provider right away if:

  • Your son does not urinate normally within six to eight hours after the circumcision
  • There is persistent or recurrent bleeding
  • Your son appears to be in pain or ill while his penis is healing
  • There are signs of infection. This includes increased redness or swelling, fever or foul-smelling discharge

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having my son circumcised?

  • What are the benefits and risk associated with circumcision?
  • How will you perform the procedure?
  • How do I care for his circumcision?
  • What symptoms should I be concerned about?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Newborn Circumcision
Childbirth


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