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Child and Adult Circumcision

A procedure to remove the foreskin of the penis

Circumcision is a procedure in which the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis is surgically removed.

It can be provided to babies and children, as well as adults.

Circumcision can help prevent disease, and has been shown to be partially protective against transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. It also helps to lower the risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.

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Once you've filled out the form, a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your appointment.

What happens during circumcision

Before you have the procedure, a doctor will explain the benefits and risks to you, or to the parents if the circumcision is being performed on an infant. 

If the procedure is being done on an infant, the penis and the surrounding areas are cleaned and a local anaesthetic is applied to help numb the area. A special ring is then attached to the penis and the foreskin is then removed. The procedure takes around 15 minutes. A topical antibiotic cream is then applied, and the penis is bandaged. 

If the circumcision is being done on an adult man, the same procedure is followed however, there may be a need for a stronger anaesthetic.

Frequently asked questions about circumcision

How long does circumcision take to heal?

Healing may take about 10 days, during which the ring device should fall off. Some swelling and temporary crusting of the penis is normal.

What does circumcision aftercare involve?

For infants, the penis can be washed with soap and water until it heals. Petroleum jelly can also be applied gently every time the diaper is changed.

You should seek medical attention if:

  • There is bleeding or difficulty in passing urine 8 hours after the procedure
  • Redness and swelling does not improve by the 4th day, or gets worse
  • There is a high fever of 38 degrees

Adult males should take things slowly in exercise and avoid anything that could interrupt healing, such as long walks, riding bicycles, and wearing tight underwear.

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Don't delay coming in to see us for a circumcision. Find a clinic near you and book your appointment today.

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