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What is Circumcision?


Dr. Randall

If your baby is a boy, you’ll need to decide whether or not to have him circumcised. This procedure is usually done prior to hospital discharge. While there may be health benefits, at present, there’s not enough medical evidence to recommend routine circumcision. Circumcision is a personal decision based on cultural, health, and religious beliefs. There are two commonly used methods.

With the first, a metal ring-type clamp is placed around the foreskin, tightened like a tourniquet to reduce bleeding, and the foreskin is removed above the clamp. The clamp is then removed. A numbing medication may be injected into the penis, or a topical cream may be used, to reduce pain prior to the procedure.

Using the second method, a plastic clamp remains in place, shutting off the blood supply to the foreskin. The clamp and dried up foreskin will both fall off after five to eight days.