Pollock Clinics offers circumcision for all ages with the Pollock Technique™ and the Shang Ring method.
Together, our doctors have safely performed over 40,000 circumcisions. Experience is one reason why so many patients trust Pollock Clinics.
Appointments are generally available in just a few days and circumcision procedures are performed in just a few minutes at our two Vancouver clinic locations.
The Pollock Technique™ and Shang Ring technique for circumcision are virtually painless methods under long-acting local anesthetic. The procedure takes less than ten minutes for adults and approximately 60 seconds for newborns.
Pollock Clinics has changed circumcision care in British Columbia and performs the vast majority of all these procedures in the Lower Mainland. Our clinic offers virtually painless circumcision for babies, boys, teens, and adult men. Our focus on circumcision in a dedicated clinic setting helps us to provide a safe and comfortable circumcision experience for your son and your family (or for yourself in the case of an adult circumcision).
Or call us at 604-717-6200 with questions or to schedule an appointment.
Getting Started – What is Circumcision?
Circumcision is a simple procedure in which the foreskin that sheathes the head of the penis is removed. Since foreskin traps bacteria and other infectious agents, its removal may improve genital hygiene and reduce risk of disease over the lifetime of the boy and his future sexual partners.
Improved hygiene – It is well known that microorganisms accumulate under the foreskin which fosters inflammation which can lead to conditions such as balanitis/balanoposthitis (inflammation of the head of the penis). The incidence of balanitis is twice as high as those who are uncircumcised. Smegma, which is a cheesy like secretion, can also accumulate under the foreskin combining with bacteria to produce an offensive odor.
Reduced risk of urinary tract and bladder infections – Because microorganisms can accumulate under and adhere to the foreskin, bacteria has a greater chance of migrating up the urethra causing urinary tract infections (UTIs) especially in infancy. Studies suggest an over 10-fold decrease in risk of urinary tract infection in circumcised infants. UTIs are a potentially painful and dangerous condition as it can result in kidney inflammation and scarring. Studies suggest that the protective effect of circumcision against UTIs when done as a newborn continues into adulthood.
Reduced risk of phimosis – Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin becomes so tight that it cannot be pulled back fully, resulting in UTIs, local skin infection, pain when passing urine, retention of urine, kidney stones, and sexual dysfunction. Circumcision eliminates the risk of phimosis, which affects 1 in 20 older boys and men.
Reduced risk of penile cancer — Studies have shown an over 20-fold reduction in the risk of invasive penile cancer which is thought to arise from adherence of high-risk human papillomavirus to the foreskin and smegma causing chronic inflammation and recurrent infections resulting in phimosis. Invasive penile carcinoma is highly associated with a history of phimosis.
Reduced risk of prostate cancer – Some studies show that uncircumcised men may have a higher incident of prostate cancer.
Reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases – this is because viruses enter through the inner lining of the foreskin which is thin and vulnerable. Ulceration and tearing of the foreskin are not uncommon in uncircumcised men, adding to the risk of virus entry. The following diseases are all reduced by circumcision:
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is reduced by 53% to 60%.
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is reduced by 28% to 34%.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is reduced by 32% to 35%.
Among female partners of circumcised men, bacterial vaginosis is reduced by 40% and Trichomonas vaginalis infection is reduced by 48%.
Reduced cervical cancer in women – Circumcision reduces the risk of cervical cancer of a man’s female partner by 5.6 times as there is less risk of adherence and colonization of human papillomavirus in circumcised men, which is a recognized cause of cervical cancer in women and venereal warts in both sexes.
CIRCUMCISION APPOINTMENT FORM
What are the Risks of Circumcision?
Bleeding – in 1 in 500 circumcision there may be some bleeding that is usually stopped with pressure or less commonly with stitches. If a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, then our doctors will need advice from a pediatric hematologist prior to proceeding.
Infection – there is always a possibility that there could be a generalized infection requiring antibiotics after the surgery (1/4000). Serious infections are rare (1/5000).
Concealed penis – when there is a good amount of fat around the penis (pubic fat), the penis may retract inward and increase the chances the penis gets partially buried and requiring medical intervention (1/800).
Meatal stenosis – this is a narrowing of the urethra that may occur after the procedure requiring medical intervention (1/1000).
Phimosis – this is a narrowing of the shaft skin opening over the head of the penis requiring medical intervention (1/500)
Trauma resulting in permanent damage to the head of the penis (never in our practice)
Suboptimal cosmetic result (1/500)
More serious complications including death (never in our practice).
Do I Need a Physician Referral in Order to Book an Appointment?
No. If you are booking for your son, it is a parental decision and we only require consent from both parents to proceed. You can book online directly, or give us a call with your questions.
If you are an adult planning circumcision for yourself, you may book online or call us for an appointment, as no referral is required.
A Dedicated Vancouver Circumcision Clinic – Serving BC
Pollock Clinics provides a virtually painless circumcision procedure for baby boys, older boys, teens and adult men. Our clients come from all over the province (and beyond) because we offer circumcision procedures at any age.
We strive to provide a private and personalized experience for our clients.
Because of the high level of sensitivity and focus our team brings to the adult circumcision experience, we have become recognized as a leading provider of circumcision for adult men.
Our in-office procedure under local anaesthetic is a quick and convenient way to get an adult circumcision, and offers excellent cosmetic results.
Our doctors and staff are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have, and are available by phone, or by booking a consultation. The clinic generally has appointments available within a few days and you can request an appointment now if desired.
Baby Circumcision at Pollock Clinics
At Pollock Clinics, your baby’s comfort and well being is very important to us. We want to provide an atmosphere that is warm, inviting, and stress-free for you and your family. At our lower mainland clinics in New Westminster and Vancouver families are greeted and treated in a friendly, professional manner.
We want to create a comfortable atmosphere that caters to your baby’s needs. We strive to provide a personal, family service. After the circumcision our doctor or nurse will follow up to check up on your baby’s progress and to answer any questions that the parents may have.
A follow-up appointment and printed aftercare instructions will be given to families as part of our circumcision protocols.
You can trust that our team will do our best to provide medical services for you and your baby in a caring environment.
Infant Circumcision Our Vancouver Centres
We believe that there is nothing better for ensuring a baby’s comfort than the presence of a parent. Your baby is always with you and you are welcome and encouraged to remain in your private surgical room during the procedure. Parents are not required to wait in another room while the circumcision is being done.
Babies, if they remain awake during the procedure, are soothed by a pacifier made up of natural ingredients. At Pollock Clinics, it is not uncommon for babies to sleep right through their circumcision.
We recognize that warmth is part of a comfortable environment for your baby. The procedure room will be kept warm and is equipped with a local thermostat to create the right temperature for the baby’s comfort.
Adult Circumcision at Pollock Clinics
Adult circumcision is undertaken by our clients for a variety of reasons. Some men get themselves circumcised at an adult age for personal or cosmetic reasons. Other seek relief from an overly tight foreskin (phimosis) or other conditions that can be addressed with an adult circumcision procedure.
Whatever the reason a mature man seeks to get circumcised (at any age), we are pleased to offer the latest in adult circumcision care. Our circumcision doctors perform adult circumcision on a daily basis, and our proven Pollock Technique™ and Shang Ring technique are known to deliver excellent cosmetic results with the minimum of discomfort.
Importantly – a general anaesthetic is not required – and this reduces the risk and complexity of the procedure. With the use of multiple local anaesthetics only, we eliminate the need for a hospital setting and are able to perform the circumcision procedure for adult age males in our circumcision clinics on an in-office-procedure basis.
Getting Circumcised as an Adult
If you are considering getting yourself circumcised, please contact us for a consultation. We recommend a consultation appointment with our doctors prior to your final decision on whether you want to get circumcised so that you can get answers to your specific questions.
As with any surgery, there are some risks, so it is necessary that you do your research and make a fully informed decision.
We will be pleased to respond to your questions about the procedure and to confirm on appointment availabilities and fees.