Circumcision Overview

Circumcision Overview2018-10-03T12:25:40+00:00

vancouver circumcision clinicPollock Clinics offers circumcision for all ages with the Pollock Technique™ and the Shang Ring method.

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 – much quicker than conventional hospital techniques.

Pollock Clinics has changed circumcision care in British Columbia and performs over two-thirds of the procedures in the Lower Mainland. Our clinic specializes in virtually painless circumcision for babies, boys, teens, and adult men. Our focus on circumcision in a dedicated clinic setting permits us to specialize the circumcision experience for your son and your family (or for yourself in the case of an adult circumcision).

Please go ahead and request an appointment now if you are ready.

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.

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement that the health benefits of circumcision outweighed the risks. The Canadian Pediatrics Society acknowledges the potential benefits of circumcision but stops short of routine recommendation for newborns. Thus, circumcision for your son is a personal decision that you must make with your partner after weighing the benefits and risks and often involves religious or cultural preferences as well.

In the case of an adult circumcision, it is a personal decision based on personal, cosmetic or health reasons.

What is the Ideal Age for Circumcision?

The ideal age for infant circumcision is within the first two weeks of birth, but at our clinic we provide circumcision for males of all ages including older children, adolescents, and adults.

If you have made the decision to have your son circumcised, the best is to go ahead and schedule the procedure as soon as possible.


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What are the Potential Benefits of Circumcision?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 10 older boys and men.
  4. 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.
  5. Reduced risk of prostate cancer – Uncircumcised men have a 1.6-2.0-fold higher incidence of prostate cancer, which is thought to correspond with a higher chance of sexually transmitted infections resulting in a chronic state of inflammation.
  6. Reduced risk of HIV/AIDS – Circumcision reduced the risk of getting HIV/AIDS by 3-fold during sex with an infected woman. This is because the HIV virus enters through the inner lining of the foreskin which is thin and vulnerable. Ulceration and tearing are also more common in uncircumcised men, adding to the risk of HIV entry.
  7. Reduced cervical cancer in women – Circumcision reduced cervical cancer risk of a man’s female partner by 5.6 times as there is less risk of adherence and colonization of human papillomavirus.


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What are the Risks of Circumcision?

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Meatal stenosis – this is a narrowing of the urethra that may occur after the procedure requiring medical intervention (1/1000).
  5. Phimosis – this is a narrowing of the shaft skin opening over the head of the penis requiring medical intervention (1/500)
  6. Trauma resulting in permanent damage to the head of the penis (never in our practice)
  7. Suboptimal cosmetic result (1/500)
  8. 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

Getting circumcised in BCPollock Clinics specializes in a virtually painless circumcision operation for baby boys, older boys, teens and adult men. Our clients come from all over the province (and beyond) because our circumcision procedure is felt by many to be a good option for getting a circumcision done at any age.

Our team of dedicated medical professionals understands the concerns of parents for their babies, as well as the situation of newborns being integrated into family life. We do our best to provide a private and personalized experience for our clients.

Adult men are also an important client group at our Vancouver circumcision clinics – because there are few facilities with the level of focus, expertise, and experience that we bring to adult circumcision. Our in-office procedure under local anaesthetic is the most convenient adult circumcision available in Canada (or anywhere), 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.

Why Choose Pollock Clinics for Baby Circumcision?

Circumcision clinic near meAt Pollock Clinics, your baby’s 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 in a friendly, professional manner.

We want to create a comfortable atmosphere that caters to your baby’s needs. We pride ourselves in providing a unique, 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.

Let us 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 be in the private room during the procedure. Parents are never asked to wait in another room while the circumcision is being done.

Please see our Circumcision Parent Counselling Video for detail on how to prepare for your son’s circumcision as well as how to care for him in afterwards.

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

Circumcision for adult manAdult 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 very 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 the desired cosmetic results with the minimum of discomfort.

Importantly – a general anaesthetic is not required – and this significantly 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

Circumcision dr at any ageIf 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.

You can call us during clinic hours, or use the Circumcision Cost Confirmation form or Appointment Request Form to take the next step.

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