A general anaesthetic ensures your child is fully asleep and free from any sensation during the procedure. When deciding if you should consider general anaesthetic, the risks should be evaluated. Please refer to this leaflet
provided by Alder Hey children's hospital Liverpool, for more information about your child’s 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. In all circumstances, we will prioritise your child's safety and well being.