Dr Martin Harris offers surgical, social, traditional and cultural circumcision for newborn baby boys, in Golders Green in North West London.
In this article he answers some common questions on male baby circumcision.
What is male circumcision?
Male circumcision is the excision (removal) of the prepuce (foreskin) which covers the head (glans) of the penis.
How is male circumcision performed?
Male circumcision is a surgical procedure as with other procedures in surgery and medicine: male circumcision excises (removes) the prepuce (foreskin) covering the head (glans) of the penis.
Do you use the Plastibell or ring?
There are many postings and enquiries regarding the Plastibell and the ring method.
No, I have not used the Plastibel or ring and have no experience in this area regarding the use of the Plastibell or ring.
Should I get my baby circumcised?
This is a personal choice within the family and is freely open to everyone to decide whether or not to circumcise. There are many who wish to perform circumcision for surgical, social, cultural and traditional reasons.
How much does it cost to get a circumcision?
Newborn baby boy circumcision cost price £395. Home visits extra.
Is it OK not to be circumcised?
The choice is open to all whether or not to circumcise. There are many who wish to perform circumcision for surgical, social, cultural and traditional reasons.
What is the age that you circumcise?
Age two to three weeks for newborn baby boy circumcision, up to 3 months- carried out under local anaesthetic.
Who requests circumcision?
The request is based on patient choice. Families proceed with circumcision continuity for different reasons including surgical, cultural, social and traditional reasons.
How long does the circumcision procedure take?
Circumcision procedure is carried out with two appointments on consecutive days: on day one (not a Friday) the circumcision procedure; the following day a second appointment to check-up. I.e. two consecutive days seen.
Is it painful to be circumcised?
Circumcision procedure is undertaken with appropriate pain relief and aftercare. Dr Martin Harris has the necessary skills and experience both to perform the operation and use appropriate measures, including anaesthesia, to minimise pain and discomfort. This information is given with clear verbal and written instructions.
Is it necessary to be circumcised?
Some families wish to continue circumcision for their own reasons including cultural, social, and traditional reasons.
How long is recovery and healing after circumcision?
As with other natural wound healing, following the removal of the wound dressings, skin heals over the following two to three weeks.
What are the positive benefits of circumcision?
There are medical journals and papers with some evidence that circumcision confers medical benefits.
How long will the baby be in pain after a circumcision?
Following the procedure is undertaken with appropriate pain relief and aftercare, Dr Harris gives clear verbal and written instructions for pain relief.
How long after circumcision can you bathe baby?
There is a range of time lines regarding bathing your baby after the circumcision procedure, according to the experience of different practitioners. The common range is to bathe the baby between 3-7 days after circumcision. Dr Harris gives clear verbal and written instructions regarding bathing the baby -including 24 hour aftercare.
How much does a private circumcision cost in the UK?
Newborn baby circumcision costs £395. Age 2-3 weeks, under three months. Home visits extra.