Frequently Asked Questions

Till what age do you perform circumcision under local anaesthesia?

We treat babies up to 12 months of age.

What method do you use?

We use the method that is most appropriate to the shape and size of your son's penis. In the majority of cases, we use the "Plastibell" or the "Ring" method.

What kind of anaesthesia do you use?

We use a long acting local anaesthetic only. It takes 20 minutes to work. We check if all is numb before starting the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

We take the time that is necessary to perform the procedure in the most comfortable circumstances for both the child and their parents. In most cases, it takes15 to 20 minutes.

Can one of the parents be present while the procedure is being done?

YES, but it is not necessary for children under 12 weeks. For older boys, it can be useful to have mum's or dad's familiar face around.

How long will we be in the Clinic?

You will be there for about 1 hour.

What does the care consists of afterwards?

We will explain to you exactly how to do the aftercare. We also give you an aftercare leaflet that explains everything and medicines and cream required.

How much discomfort is the baby going to have after the procedure?

Not much. The baby will on average require 2 doses of Calpol for a day or two.

Do we have to come back?

You don't have to but you we prefer you do, as we'd like to see the baby back after 1 week to make sure all is well.

Do you perform circumcisions in children older than 1 year?

Yes. The procedure is done in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital under general anaesthesia.

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