Manchester Circumcision Clinic
Thornley House Medical Centre, Thornley Street, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 1JY

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"Thank you for making this otherwise nerve racking experience so much easier due to your professional approach and lovely bedside manner. I will highly recommend your clinic to family and friends."
- Mrs Zia

What is Circumcision?

When boys are born, they have a piece of skin that covers the end of the penis, called the foreskin. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin to expose the tip of the penis.

A newborn must be stable and healthy to be circumcised. If a parent decides to have her baby circumcised, the procedure is usually performed in the baby's first few days of life (assuming the procedure will not be taking place during a religious ceremony). To perform the procedure, the doctor places the baby on a special table and cleans the baby's penis and foreskin. A special clamp is attached to the penis, and the foreskin is removed. Finally, ointment and gauze or a plastic ring are placed over the cut to protect it from rubbing against the diaper.

The procedure is done relatively quickly and smoothly. The baby may cry during the procedure and for a short while afterward. Local anaesthesia can greatly reduce your baby's discomfort.

Making the decision

Circumcision is an elective procedure. It's your choice whether to have your son circumcised. In most cases, there is no medical need for a circumcision. It is not required by law or by hospital policy. Scientific studies show some medical benefits of circumcision, but these benefits are not sufficient enough for the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) to recommend that all infant boys be circumcised. The AAP does recommend, however, that parents discuss the benefits and risks of circumcision with their paediatrician and then make an informed decision.

Ask yourself why you may or may not want your son to be circumcised. Some parents may want their sons circumcised for religious, social, or cultural reasons. Followers of the Jewish and Islamic faiths have circumcised their male newborns for centuries. Although many newborn boys in the United States are circumcised, it is much less common in Northern Europe and other parts of the world. Ask yourself if it matters whether your son looks like other men in the family or his peers.

Whether or not to circumcise your newborn is an important decision. Circumcision could be riskier if done later in a boy's life, so if you have any questions or concerns, talk with your doctor about them during your pregnancy. Then you'll have enough time to make an informed decision.

General Anaesthetic vs Local Anaesthetic

'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.

Pros and Cons of Circumcision

Boys who have been circumcised may benefit from:

  • Protection against Foreskin Infections
  • Reduced risk Urinary Tract Infections
  • Reduced risk of penile cancer
  • A reduced risk of some Sexually Transmitted Diseases in men
  • Prevention of phimosis and paraphimosis, a urologic emergency where the foreskin of an uncircumcised male cannot be returned to its normal position
  • Circumcision generally makes it much easier to keep the end of the penis clean.
  • Further information supporting circumcision can be found here.

Here are some of the reasons parents may decide not to have their baby/child circumcised:

  • Surgical risks: As with any surgery, circumcision has some risks. Complications are rare and usually minor. The most common complications are bleeding and infection.
  • Alteration of penile sensitivity: There is a belief that circumcision decreases the sensitivity of the tip of the penis. However, this hasn't been medically proven as true.
  • Fear of pain: Some parents choose not to circumcise their sons because they are worried about the pain the baby may feel.
  • Protection of the tip of the penis: When the foreskin is removed, the tip of the penis may become irritated, causing the urinary opening to become too small. This could lead to urination problems that may need to be surgically corrected.
  • Penile damage: Very rarely, the foreskin may be cut too short or too long. Equally unlikely is improper healing from the circumcision.