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Newborn Circumcision

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Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health is one of the few hospitals in the United States to have board certified pediatric urologists join with our obstetrical colleagues to perform circumcision procedures. We encourage you to ask your physician, whether in Pediatrics, Pediatric Urology or Obstetrics, to further discuss the circumcision process with you.

Circumcision Decision

Families should view circumcision as an optional procedure and consider personal, religious or family beliefs or customs. If you have questions regarding this important decision, you should discuss them with the pediatrician, pediatric urologist or obstetrician taking care of your baby. 


When is the Procedure Performed?

After the birth of your baby boy, your pediatric provider will discuss the procedure after completing a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. Should you choose circumcision, the procedure will be performed after your newborn reaches 24 hours of age. All the details will be explained to you before the procedure is performed.

Once it has been established that there are no health-related reasons to prevent a safe circumcision, the post-partum nursing staff will schedule the procedure. Your baby will be taken to the Newborn Observation Room, where he will be attended to by a member of the nursing staff at all times. When the procedure is complete, your baby will be returned to you in your post-partum room.

If your baby is in the Special Care Nursery, the circumcision might be completed prior to discharge. If after thorough examination it is determined that your newborn should not be circumcised during the hospital stay, an outpatient follow-up appointment can be made with the pediatric urologist in their local office.

How is Pain Managed?

Pain management for your baby’s circumcision will include both topical and local anesthetic to the penis, as well as oral administration of an appropriate dose of acetaminophen before and several hours after the procedure. Your baby will be observed by the nurse attending the procedure.

What to Expect Post-procedure?

Post-circumcision care will be thoroughly discussed with the parents by the physician who performed the procedure. Additionally, parents will be asked to make a follow-up appointment with either the obstetrical or pediatric urology office within 10 to 14 days after the procedure to make sure your baby is healing properly.

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