Neonatal Circumcision By Steven Namihas, M.D.

Neonatal Circumcision

Circumcision in the male involves the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis, usually during the newborn period. It is one of the most common procedures in the world.

In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) convened a multidisciplinary Taskforce, which included members representing the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Task force determined that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweighed the risks; furthermore, the benefits of newborn male circumcision justify access to this procedure for families who choose it.

Circumcision reduces the likelihood several conditions including urinary tract infections, acquisition of HIV, transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, and penile cancer.

Male circumcision does not appear to adversely affect penile sexual function, sensitivity, or sexual satisfaction. Possible complications include bleeding, infection, and unsatisfactory cosmetic results.  Significant acute complications are rare.  Complications are reduced by performing the procedure in the first 30 days of life.

The use of a local anesthetic is safe and effective in reducing procedural pain.

Parents should determine what is in the best interest of their child, taking into account the potential benefits and risks of this elective procedure.

To get the best results and avoid possible complications, circumcisions are only performed at Hilltop Medical Clinic within the first 30 days of life. To set up an appointment please call 530-221-1565.

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