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Pediatric Circumcision

What is a Pediatric Circumcision?

A circumcision is a surgical procedure used to remove the normal foreskin covering the head of the penis. The current position of the American Academy of Pediatrics is that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the potential risks and this makes it a reasonable procedure to perform when desired by parents.

What are the benefits of a Pediatric Circumcision?

Benefits include a decreased rate of urinary tract infections, possibly decreased rates of penile cancer and decreased transmission of certain sexually transmitted diseases (STI), including HIV.

What are the risks of a Pediatric Circumcision?

Risks of the surgery include bleeding, infection and injury to the penis or urethra.

What can I expect with a Pediatric Circumcision?

A variety of methods are available to perform a circumcision and your surgeon will describe the method they use.  In children over 6 months of age, the procedure is done with general anesthesia, the foreskin is removed and a series of sutures is used to reattach the shaft skin. 

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