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When you arrive at the Listowel Memorial Hospital, you will register at switchboard before being directed up to the Labor and Delivery floor to see a nurse.
Your baby will be weighed and Tylenol will be given after. Before the procedure, the doctor who will perform the procedure will speak with you. This is a discussion of the reasons for circumcision, the benefits, risks and alternatives, and ensures that you understand what will happen during the procedure. You will have lots of time to ask questions. Please note that families are not typically in the room during the circumcision procedure.
You should discuss what pain control measures will be used during and after the procedure. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic. Swaddling, oral sugar solution and acetaminophen will be given as well but should not be used as the primary method of pain relief.
To perform the procedure, the doctor places the child on a special table and cleans the child’s penis and foreskin. First, the child gets medicine so they won’t feel pain. This medicine is a needle into the base of the penis. Then they use special tools to remove the foreskin. The doctor completes the procedure by protecting the baby’s penis from bleeding or rubbing against the diaper, in some cases wrapping a petroleum jelly bandage (called gauze) around the penis.
The baby may cry during the procedure and for a short while afterward. Local anesthesia can greatly reduce your baby's discomfort. The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions on how to care for your child after the surgery. It is important that you follow those instructions carefully. Signs of pain can include crying and problems with sleep and feeding. During the first 24 hours after circumcision, you may give acetaminophen regularly to manage your child's pain. Be aware of how much acetaminophen your child has received in the hospital, and note that the hospital does not dispense Tylenol after the procedure. Refer to AboutKidsHealth for general information on caring for your child after newborn circumcision.
This procedure is not covered by OHIP. You will recieve an invoice from the doctor who performed the procedure for $125, and an invoice from the hospital for $200.
Dr. Ian Cameron
Dr. Derek Gateman
*A medical learner including a medical student or resident may be present during the procedure.
(Information above has been adapted from SickKids Circumcision Clinic, available at www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinics/circumcision-clinic)