Since circumcision is such a significant procedure, there are many important elements to know about the process, whether for your child or yourself. Knowledge can help alleviate the anxiety that arises from the concerns about circumcision procedures. The best way to find this knowledge is to research and talk your concerns through with your doctor.
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Questions To Ask About Circumcision
Whether you’re looking for answers about circumcision for your child or yourself, Gentle Procedures Clinic can help you find them. Clients are offered the best support and medical care regardless of age. Some of the most common questions about circumcision are expanded below.
What’s the Best Age for Circumcision Surgery?
Circumcision is possible at any age, but the best age for circumcision surgery tends to be within a few days after an infant is born. The main reason for this is to lower the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI).
Do Circumcisions Hurt?
Circumcisions are safe and should only cause mild to moderate pain when done professionally. Generally, if a patient experiences severe pain after circumcision, it’s usually due to post-op infection or complications, which are rare. Gentle Procedures Clinic employs the Pollock technique for circumcision, which is a less invasive and essentially pain-free method for this procedure – ideal for those who worry about circumcision pain.
What’s the Healing Process Like?
Healing from circumcision will be different for everyone, but it’s generally quick and develops in stages. Bleeding is common during the first day, and swelling and scabbing is normal for one to two weeks post-surgery. Skin colouring and colouring of the glans is also normal and can last up to two weeks post-procedure. Recovery time from circumcision will differ with every patient, but the entire healing process generally takes about a month.
What To Do Before and After Circumcision?
Before your infant’s circumcision, change them into a fresh nappy. Gentle Procedures provide sugar balls for the baby to suck on for a distraction and minimise pain. The doctor will assess the child and apply a local anaesthetic, after which the procedure will be performed.
Post circumcision care for the baby entails leaving the gauze on the penis for 24 hours. Bleeding is normal. Apply vaseline to the penis at each nappy change for two weeks. Check the area regularly – if the penis drips or oozes blood, call your doctor. Your baby will be sleepy after the procedure and may cry as the anaesthetic wears off. Keep the baby swaddled and comfortable, only clean them with sponge baths, and keep pressure off the penis.
This will differ for adult circumcision.
Is Circumcision Different for Adults?
The procedure differs before and after adult circumcision. Adults generally have mild discomfort post-circumcision, and the healing process should take up to six weeks. Aftercare for adult circumcision involves resting and avoiding strenuous activities for at least four weeks after surgery. There’s more information about this on the Gentle Procedures website.
Do Australians Circumcise?
In short, yes – anyone can get circumcised regardless of age or country. According to the circumcision statistics of Australia, as of 2021, 26.60% of the population was circumcised. There’s no right or wrong circumcision age in Australia. Gentle Procedures Clinic performs circumcisions on children and adults alike. Circumcision cost in Australia varies, but Gentle Procedures charges $550 for newborns, up to $1050 for children and teenagers and $1600 for adults.