In this article we provide an introductory guide to circumcision for new borns and babies.
What is Circumcision?
Circumcision is a common procedure for newborn boys. When boys are born they have a piece of skin that covers the end of the penis which is called the foreskin. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin to expose the tip of the penis.
When is a Circumcision performed?
Circumcision is usually performed on a newborn boy before he leaves the hospital and often within the first two days of life. Most parents make the decision about circumcision based on cultural, religious, or personal reasons, such as whether other male family members have been circumcised. Circumcision if known to help prevent UTIs in young boys and therefore is growing in popularity in Australia.
The Circumcision Procedure
The circumcision procedure is done quickly and, though the baby may cry during and after, infants typically experience minimal distress. Boys are born with a hood of skin called the foreskin which covers the head (glans) of the penis. In circumcision, the foreskin is removed to expose the head of the penis in a quick procedure that causes very little bleeding and stitches are not necessary in nearly all cases. Older boys and men can be circumcised but the procedure is a bit more involved.
Common Techniques Of Baby Circumcision
Baby circumcision can be performed in several ways. The most common circumcision techniques protect the head of the penis with special devices while the foreskin is removed. The Pollock technique uses the Mogen clamp to cut off blood flow to the foreskin and remains in place while the foreskin is removed to eliminate any bleeding and seal the skin. Other circumcision techniques include the Gomco clamp and the Plastibell technique, though we prefer to use the Pollock technique for its efficiency and good outcomes.
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