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How Circumcision Is Performed

Circumcision is a surgical procedure performed on male infants and young children by either a pediatrician, obstetrician, family medicine doctor, or surgeon.

Circumcision procedures typically last about 10 minutes when performed under local anesthesia and newborns may be circumcised while still in hospital – providing them with pain management options such as swaddling, sugar water-soaked pacifiers or acetaminophen for comfort during this process.


Circumcision can prevent infections of the glans, balanitis (a painful inflammation of the glans), paraphimosis and HIV transmission. Furthermore, Circumcision Melbourne reduces sexually transmitted infections like warts.

Healthcare providers can assist in treating these problems by applying antiseptic gel or cream directly onto the glans, applying pressure to the head of the penis, and pulling back foreskin over it. They may also offer to swaddle their baby or give him pacifier soaked with sugar water or acetaminophen to soothe any pain that arises.

Newborn babies typically undergo circumcising surgery while still in the hospital and will typically remain awake and aware during the entire procedure. A doctor will clean and antiseptic the area prior to injecting an anesthetic which should ease their pain during and for hours following the procedure.

As part of regular bath time, wash your baby’s penis with soap and water until the bandage comes off on its own. Apply a dab of lubricant beforehand so it doesn’t stick to their diaper.


Infants are circumcised using local anesthesia administered in either topical cream form or via injection into either the base of the penis (penile nerve block) or around its ring (ring block). This helps minimize pain and crying during circumcision while speeding up and streamlining surgical procedure.

Newborns typically undergo circumcising within their first month of life or as soon as they have reached birth, usually given a pacifier soaked in sugar water to help keep them calm and comfortable, or restrained during the procedure to prevent wiggling or jerking.

Older children and adolescents typically undergo circumcision while under general anesthesia while asleep, usually wrapped in gauze with petroleum jelly or another similar lubricant applied afterwards to keep it from sticking to diapers. Once completed, stitches that dissolve will close their wound and they should heal within five to seven days.

Cutting the Foreskin

Your doctor may use one of several techniques to circumcise your child. The choice depends on his/her age and why they wish to undergo circumcision later (whether for religious, fertility or convenience reasons).

Zhenxi Rings: A grooved sleeve is passed over the glans penis until it sits just behind the corona; then the foreskin is replaced on this sleeve and secured to it with an adjustable hinged plastic clamping ring, tightened until its clamp cuts off blood supply to it and eventually it falls off – leaving behind only frenulum and glans penis protected from further growth. Tightness will depend on amount of adjustments made before this step takes place; tightness will depend on this step as tightening of clamping device before tightening of this clamping device before tightening off and tightening this clamping ring clamping ring is tightened.

Shield and knife: This method is often employed when used on older children and adults. The foreskin is pulled out in front of the glans before clamping stout locking forceps across it parallel to and directly in front of it, with a scalpel running across its face farthest from the glans to remove prepuce.

Closing the Incision

Studies have examined various approaches for closing an incision, including sutures. One found that using adhesive octylcyanoacrylate produced faster wound closure times while still being as effective.

Once his incision has been closed, your son may wear a plastic shield or clamp over his penis to protect the area while healing takes place. Typically this should come off within a week or so – you can help him keep it clean by applying antibiotic ointment daily.

Your baby may dribble blood from their circumcision site for several weeks after surgery; this is normal; however, if there is bright red blood at the tip of his penis and no urine passes in 12 hours or he has fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), seek medical help immediately as these could be symptoms of serious issues. You should also contact his physician if urinating causes pain or if there are bumps on his penis.