Circumcision FAQs

Our in-depth frequently asked questions (FAQs) for circumcisions will help answer any questions that you may have. It covers circumcisions for babies, young children and adults.

FAQs for Baby Circumcisions

What is circumcision?

A circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the penis. It is a common practice in many cultures and religious traditions, and often done when a child is very young.

How to prepare for circumcisions

  1. Please prepare your child before the procedure and create rapport where age permits. Be honest and say that pain from the injection will last for 10 seconds only.
  2. Avoid public transport on return, and someone staying with adult patient for at least 24 hours.
  3. For babies: we suggest having a feed ready for after the procedure, as well as some extra nappies at hand.
  4. For children: loose trousers are important and change beforehand.
  5. After the procedure, you will be explained after-care thoroughly with written instructions sheet. Please make sure you understand and happy before you leave the clinic.
  6. Please have Paracetamol/Calpol and ibuprofen available at home as pain relief. Please buy suitable medicine based on your child’s age.

Are there any precondition to a circumcision?

A child has to be willing and cooperative where applicable; occasionally the procedure may have to be abandoned where child is frightened and is not co-operative or withdraws his consent, and the child’s safety is compromised. In addition, the child has to be medically fit and well.

We take the welfare of your child very seriously, if our surgeon believes any conditions have not been met, he will not carry out the circumcision.

Will there be any examinations before the procedure?

Yes, the surgeon will check and examine the patients fitness before the procedure. We take the welfare of your child very seriously, if our surgeon has any concerns he will not carry out the circumcision.

How is the circumcision procedure for children done?

Under local anesthetic (can be done under General Anaesthetic at hospital, however, cost is much higher), aseptic condition; usually plastibel ring and suturing for older children and adults.

Plastibel ring technique:

  • We may use either Plastibel ring or traditional suturing method. Please let us know if you have any preference.
  • Plastibel ring applies only to younger child/baby, may be to older children at parents choice if ring fits the penis size.
  • Every procedure has advantages and disadvantages: please enquire with the surgeon before you proceed and we decide
  • Ring should be loose and please be familiar with this after the procedure as we will show you
  • Ring method may have less pain, but may take up to 2 weeks to fall off. Please let us know if the ring, the thread and the skin (altogether) do not fall off on its own within two weeks.
  • Very rarely the ring can slip back onto the shaft of penis and can get stuck to form a tight band (as can happen on the finger) causing pain; you must inform us immediately if you suspect that.

What is the Surgical Cutting procedure?

  • It involves cutting foreskin, stopping bleeding and stitching up the cut edges.
  • The sutures used dissolve or fall off on their own, no need to remove.
  • If sutures come off soon after the procedure, don’t panic, it will heal spontaneously.
  • Wound may itch or irritate.

What are the possible complications?

Complications are uncommon. However, bleeding, infection, stuck ring, urination difficulty, swelling, redness and cosmetic deformity etc can happen.

Sign of INFECTION: Infection is combination of redness, increasing tenderness, swelling, warmth, yellow discharge etc. if you suspect inform us. To prevent infection, we advise you to bathe daily and to keep the area clean and dry.

Information Regarding home Visits

For best practice and safety, we do not deliver any of our circumcision services at homes.

It is always recommended to have surgical procedures carried out in a safe and sterile clinical environment. This ensures safety for young children and babies. For further information, please contact us.

FAQs for Child & Young Person Circumcisions

What is circumcision?

A circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from penis. It is usual practice in many cultures and religious traditions, and often done when a child is very young.

How to prepare for circumcisions

  1. Both parents’ consent is required, either written or verbally.
  2. Please prepare your child before the procedure and create rapport where age permits. Be honest and say that pain from the injection will last for 10 seconds only.
  3. Please avoid food two hours before the procdure.
  4. Avoid public transport on return if possible.
  5. Soft, loose trousers are preferable and change beforehand please. After the procedure, you will be explained after-care thoroughly with written instructions sheet. Please make sure you understand and happy before you leave the clinic.
  6. Please have Paracetamol/Calpol and ibuprofen available at home as pain relief. Please buy suitable medicine based on your child’s age and medical condition and we shall advise you in the clinic after and during the procedure.

Are there any precondition to a circumcision?

A child has to be willing and cooperative where applicable; occasionally the procedure may have to be abandoned where child is frightened and is not co-operative or withdraws his consent, and the child’s safety is compromised. In addition, the child has to be medically fit and well.

We take the welfare of your child very seriously, if our surgeon believes any conditions have not been met, he will not carry out the circumcision.

Will there be any examinations before the procedure?

Yes, the surgeon will check and examine the patients fitness before the procedure. Should he have any concerns, he will not carry out the procedure.

How is the circumcision procedure for children done?

Under local anaesthetic (can be done under General Anaesthetic at hospital which is not a safer option for babies, and cost is much higher) in aseptic condition; usually plastibel™ ring and suturing for older children and adults.

Plastibel™ ring technique:

  • Every procedure has advantages and disadvantages: please enquire with the surgeon before you proceed and we decide
  • Ring should be loose and please be familiar with this after the procedure as we will show you
  • Ring method may have less pain, but can take up to 2 weeks to fall off. Please let us know if the ring, the thread and the skin (altogether) do not fall off on its own within two weeks.
  • Very rarely the ring can slip back onto the shaft of penis and can get stuck to form a tight band (as can happen on the finger) causing pain; you must inform us immediately if you suspect that.

What is the Surgical Cutting procedure?

  • It involves cutting foreskin, stopping bleeding and stitching up the cut edges.
  • The sutures used dissolve or fall off on their own, no need to remove.
  • If sutures come off soon after the procedure, don’t panic, it will heal spontaneously.
  • Wound may itch or irritate.

What are the possible complications?

Complications are uncommon. However, bleeding, infection, stuck ring, urination difficulty, swelling, redness and cosmetic deformity etc can happen.

Sign of INFECTION: Infection is combination of redness, increasing tenderness, swelling, warmth, yellow discharge etc. if you suspect infection, please inform us. To prevent infection, we advise you to bath the baby daily and to keep the area clean and dry.

FAQs for Adult Circumcisions

What is circumcision?

A circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the penis. It is a common practice in many cultures and religious traditions, and often done when a child is very young.

How to prepare for circumcisions

  1. Please be reassured that pain is only for one minute from injection using a smallest needle avaialble.
  2. If possible, avoid public transport on your return home, and have an adult staying with the patient for at least 24 hours.
  3. Try to avoid eating anything 4 hours before the procedure.
  4. Please wear or bring tight boxer/under wear and soft, loose trousers.
  5. Please make sure the area is properly shaved, cleaned and take bath or shower day before.
  6. After the procedure, if you have to travel long distance, we recommended you to to stay at such a distance for first 24 hours that we can attend the emergencies if any, such as major bleeding which is rare indeed.
  7. Pain after procedure is not very common as we use tight dressing/bandage to prevent bleeding. However, please have Paracetamol and ibuprofen available at home as pain relief, and we will advise you if there is any contraindication to use those.

Are there any precondition to a circumcision?

We take the welfare of every patient very seriously, if our surgeon believes that circumcision will be potentially harmful to the patient because of anatomical, medical  or psychological condition, he will not carry out the circumcision.

Will there be any examinations before the procedure?

Yes, the surgeon will check and perform relevant examination before the procedure.

How is the circumcision procedure done?

Surgical Cutting procedure

Procedure is performed under local anaesthetic injection using a smallest available needle (can be done under General Anaesthetic at hospital, however, cost is much higher) in aseptic condition using single use disposable instruments.

  • It involves measuring and cutting the extra foreskin, stopping bleeding and stitching up the cut edges.
  • The sutures used dissolve or fall off on their own, no need to remove.
  • If sutures come off soon after the procedure, don’t panic, it will heal spontaneously.
  • We give you topical antibiotic to apply on the wound to prevent the infection.

What are the possible complications?

Complications are uncommon. However, bleeding, infection, swelling, redness and cosmetic deformity etc can happen.

Sign of INFECTION: Infection is combination of redness, increasing tenderness, swelling, warmth, yellow discharge etc. if you suspect inform us.

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