What Happens During a Circumcision
Circumcision is usually done by a doctor at a clinic,
in the hospital, or at an outpatient surgery center. During the
- The baby is placed on a firm surface. Velcro
straps are wrapped around the baby's arms and legs to keep him very
- The penis is cleaned.
- The surgical area is often numbed with a
local anesthetic while the baby stays awake.
If your baby is age 1 month or older, he or she may need general anesthesia. Talk with your doctor about the best way to control pain in your child.
- A sterile circumcision clamp or device is
placed over the head of the penis. The three most common types of clamps used
Gomco clamp, the
Mogen clamp, and the
Plastibell device. Each clamp has pros and cons,
although differences between the clamps are often minor. Most doctors use the
clamp they are most comfortable with.
- The foreskin is removed using a sterile scalpel or
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
November 1, 2012
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