Baby & Newborn Circumcision


Baby circumcision is commonly done relatively early in life. Procedures completed in the first four months are considered newborn circumcisions. If you have made the decision to have your son circumcised, it is recommended to book the procedure as soon as it is convenient for your family.

Appointments are usually available within days. Please review the “Getting Started” section to ensure you are fully informed about the procedure prior to booking.

In this section you will find information about circumcision for newborns. We focus on high-quality, safe, and reliable care to ensure that parents and their son have a safe and positive experience.

Over 50,000 circumcisions have been performed at our clinics over the last two decades. Our goal is to make it simple for you to get the information and services you require. Our doctors and nurses will support you after the circumcision surgery with a hotline for questions and detailed instructions on post-circumcision care for your baby son.

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Pollock Clinics Infant Circumcision Procedure

We recommend that you finish feeding your baby prior to coming into the clinic so that he will not be too hungry while you are waiting for the procedure. If your son is hungry upon your arrival, it is ok to feed him within 15 minutes of your arrival to the clinic.

Please read on to learn about the multiple steps we will take to minimize your baby’s discomfort during the short infant circumcision procedure. You can also review our Circumcision Counselling Video for detail on how to prepare for the procedure as well as aftercare instructions.

You will be at our Vancouver or New Westminster circumcision clinic for just over an hour in total, and we want to make that time as pleasant as possible.

All the following steps are taken to ensure your son has minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Infant Tylenol Before You Come to the Clinic

Before you leave home, give your son 1 mL of Tempra or Infant Tylenol – about an hour before your appointment time.

Please do not give any other medications (no ibuprofen, aspirin etc.) because these may increase bleeding time.

Anaesthetic Cream to Numb the Skin

In our office, your child will have topical anaesthetic applied to his penis. This is an anaesthetic cream that numbs the skin. This surface painkiller is the second step we take to minimize discomfort during circumcision.

Pain Blocking Injection – Local Anaesthetic

Next, once the skin is numb, your son will be given an anaesthetic injection called a dorsal into the soft tissue alongside the penis. Our doctor uses a combination block of both short and long acting anaesthetic.

This provides comfort and coverage for both the procedure and for hours after. Since the topical anaesthetic has already numbed the skin, the injection is hardly felt. After 6-10 minutes, the penis is numb, and the circumcision can be done.

Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation

During the injections and the circumcision, your son will receive a sugar pacifier to suck on. Ten minutes after the injection, the penis is fully desensitized and the circumcision can be done.

During the circumcision soothing music is played, room temperature is increased and your son may continue to receive sugar pacifiers to suck on for additional comfort. Studies show that the sweet flavours distract babies and reduce their perception of pain.

Caring Team Always Available

Although the circumcision takes less than one minute, we request that you be in the clinic for about one hour in total, so that we can carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.

As parents we understand that safety concerns are always number one. For your peace of mind, your doctor will be reachable 24 hours a day. All clients are given our 24-hour contact information so they can reach the doctor directly should any concerns arise.

The ideal age for circumcision is within the first two weeks of life, and we provide circumcision for all ages.

The Penis Before & After Baby Circumcision

The three images below show the change in your baby boy’s penis brought about by circumcision.

Our Circumcision Method and Pain Control Approach

The Pollock Technique™ used by Pollock Clinics is based on the Mogen technique. This technique is known for its quickness and safety. In conjunction with this method, our circumcision doctor uses extensive pain control methods. This ensures that your son will feel little or no pain at all. The objective of the Pollock Technique™ is to minimize stress on the infant and family via maximum pain control and a quick and simple procedure.

Before Circumcision

  1. On the day of your son’s circumcision, we recommend that you feed your baby just before your leave your home to ensure comfort in our office.
  2. You should give your son 1 mL of Tempra or Infant Tylenol an hour before his appointment. Do not give Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofen etc.
  3. Please feed your baby prior to arriving at the clinic.
  4. Please also remember to bring 2 receiving blankets.
  5. If one partner is not coming, a written note from him/her will be required consenting to have circumcision performed by Dr. Chang, Dr. Pollock or Dr. Goldstein. Click here to visit the Downloads page and get a copy of the ABSENT PARENT CONSENT FORM.

Please note that we do not have space for more than the parents and the baby. 

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