Circumcision for Children – Getting Circumcised Before Adolescence
Circumcision is usually done in the first few weeks after the birth of your boy. The procedure is also routinely done for older boys at Pollock Clinics. Your primary care doctor may refer you to our clinic for circumcision for your boy but your doctor does not need to make a referral for you. You can call us directly at 604-717-6200 or use our Contact form.
If you have questions regarding the appropriateness of circumcision for your son or any questions regarding specific details of the process at our clinics, you may choose to first book a consultation for your son before you choose to book the circumcision. To arrange a consultation with our doctors please call 604-717-6200.
Adolescent Circumcision – Getting Circumcised as a Teenager
We are regularly asked about the optimal age for circumcision, and if at a certain point a boy becomes too old to have it done. The answer is that circumcision is available for boys and men of all ages, and our medical team will perform the operation safely. There are no age restrictions for circumcision. Our clients include a wide range of ages from infants to seniors.
Should your young boy or teenage son require circumcision, or if you are a youth seeking more information, we encourage you to explore more of the info available on our website (and others) and to contact us for a consultation when you are ready. Before circumcision, the doctor will explain the risks and benefits of the procedure. Whether you’re planning to have your son circumcised or you’re pursuing circumcision for yourself, you will want to make a fully informed decision.
Circumcision is a Personal Matter.
Most boys are circumcised because of the family’s cultural and religious traditions. Both Islam and Judaism support circumcision for boys, and most of the circumcisions performed at Pollock Clinics fall into this category. Families choose to continue their traditions, and our circumcision clinic makes it simple and safe to do so.
Teenage and pre-adolescent circumcision is sometimes prescribed as treatment for phimosis and certain other conditions that may become problematic as the boy matures. In these cases the age of the boy is not material, as the need to resolve a medical issue is what drives the circumcision decision.
Whatever your reasons for contacting our clinic, our professional medical team is ready to assist you in achieving your personal objectives and resolving medical issues through circumcision safely and comfortably.
Overview of the Circumcision Procedure for Children and Adolescents
Circumcision for teens and younger boys is a routine procedure at Pollock Clinics. We appreciate that it can lead to anxiety and concerns for boys and parents so our procedures include communication among the parents, patients, and our medical team before and after the operation. The overview below provides some detail and your doctor will answer your specific questions as well.
Getting Ready for Circumcision
This information will help you understand what you can expect and it will help you safely prepare for your child’s surgery. The more you (and your son) understand exactly what is planned, the more comfortable you will be during the circumcision procedure and recovery.
Tell the doctor all the medications and other health products that your son takes. Some of these can increase the risk of bleeding. Your doctor will tell you which medications your child should take or stop before surgery. If you son takes athletic supplements or other products for weight training, this is important information to share.
Talk to your boy about the surgery. Tell your son that the surgery will remove the skin on the head of his penis. Older boys will understand well and children will appreciate a simpler version of the reasons. Our staff know how to take care of children and will support you in making things easier for your son.
Plan for your child’s recovery time. He may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort. Your child will probably be able to go back to school or daycare in 2 or 3 days.
A nurse will call you the day before the circumcision appointment to confirm the time and date of your child’s surgery and answer any questions. Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions about your child taking or stopping medicines before surgery. This includes over-the-counter supplements or painkillers.
The Day of Surgery
Have your child take a bath or shower before you come in. For younger boys you can bring a favourite stuffed animal or small toy if this comforts them. For an older boy getting circumcised we recommend a book and music player with some calm music.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany your child to the clinic. If both parents will not be present you will be asked to have written permission from the absent parent to confirm that they are aware of the planned operation and have agreed to have it done.
A local anesthetic is given by injection through the skin near the base of the penis. During a circumcision, the foreskin is removed from the head of the penis (glans). The surgery will take just a few minutes.
Even though the boy having the procedure will be awake, there will be no pain while it is being done. After the procedure, some discomfort is expected when the local anesthetic wears off. There are pain-killers that relieve any pain or discomfort and full post-operative care instructions will be given to you.
What to Expect After Circumcision
Circumcision for older boys who are not babies will entail a recovery period with reduced activity levels. Your son will leave our clinic a few hours after the operation, and guidance and follow-up continues afterwards, with written and verbal instructions on how to provide care after the circumcision.
The goal is to minimize your boy’s discomfort and promote healing. You will be shown how to minimize the risk of infection and informed of warning signs to watch for in case of any complications. Our doctors are available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to questions or concerns.
You will likely be able to take your child home 2 to 4 hours after the surgery. Encourage extra rest the first day. Most children can be more active on the day after surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions about when your child can do vigorous exercise. This includes sports, running, and physical education. When you leave the hospital, you will get more information about how to take care of your child at home. The doctor will tell you when your child can start normal activities again.
When Should You Call the Clinic?
- You have questions or concerns before or after the circumcision.
- You don’t understand how to prepare your child for the surgery.
- Your child becomes ill before the surgery (such as fever, flu, or a cold).
- You need to reschedule or have changed your mind about your child having the surgery.