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NEWBORN CIRCUMCISIONS

Jane Wiggins - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thinking about getting your baby circumcised?

The best time for this to happen is around 2 weeks of life. Circumcisions can be performed in the clinic rooms usually up until 3 months of age. Children aged 3 months or above require a hospital admission for this procedure, and need to wait until 12 months to undertake a general anaesthetic.

Circumcisions performed at Randwick Specialists are done so under local anaesthesia by a trained Paediatric Surgeon from Sydney Children’s Hospital. You will be at the clinic for roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour. This time includes a consultation prior to the procedure as well as a quick post-op check 15-20 minutes after. The actual procedure itself takes roughly 5 minutes.

It is recommended that your baby is not fed prior to the procedure as having a big feed post procedure is one of the best pain reliefs! This also helps with settling and reassuring your baby.

Benefits of newborn circumcisions:
The main benefit of getting your child circumcised early in life as opposed to waiting is that a general anaesthetic is not required. Same cosmetic appearance

Risks:
As with all procedures there are some risks associated with newborn circumcisions. Although extremely rare, may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection

After care:
After care is very minimal and parents are encouraged to go about their normal daily routine. All patients are provided with the surgeons mobile contact number for post op questions and concerns.

 

Please call the practice on 02 9326 6826 for more information regarding cost and availability.


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