Circumcision , also known medically as a posthectomy, is a surgical procedure that involves fully or partially removing the foreskin (the thin layer of skin that covers the head of the penis).
Child circumcision usually only takes a few minutes and is performed under local anesthesia. Most children recover quickly, with a recovery period of a couple of days.
Postoperative complications occur in about 2% of cases. However, these issues are usually minor if the surgery was performed by an experienced urologist. Moreover, complications tend to be closely tied to parents’ compliance with the postoperative care instructions.
There are a number of reasons why parents might choose to have a child circumcised. In some cases, it’s to treat a medical issue such as phimosis ,a condition in which the foreskin can’t properly retract past the head of the penis. However, if a child’s foreskin is not dilated, this isn’t in itself a good reason to get a circumcision, as this problem usually resolves itself in time.
Alternatively, some parents want their child circumcised for religious, cultural or personal reasons.
At Dr. Carlos Marois’ private urology clinics in Greater Montreal and Quebec City , every circumcision procedure we perform is preceded by an initial consultation and examination. This includes a short questionnaire, a checkup and a conversation with parents about the available techniques. Children aged two to six are the most difficult to circumcise and sometimes, during the examination, the child is judged too young or too agitated to be able to follow instructions during the procedure. As a result, it may not be possible to go ahead with the circumcision.