'When deciding if you should consider a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic one must take into consideration the risks of a general anaesthetic. Please refer to leaflet
given to parents at Alder Hey childrens hospital Liverpool for a child about to undergo a general anaesthetic.
Most circumcisions can be performed safely under local anaesthetic eliminating the risk of a general anaesthetic. However, in some children a local anaesthetic is not appropriate. For example a child who is very anxious and gets distressed the procedure will be cancelled and we will advise parents to consider a general anaesthetic. There may be other reasons but you will be advised of these. The child's safety and well being is paramount.