Circumcision is an elective procedure where a pediatrician removes a portion of skin called the foreskin from a male child’s penis. At birth, the foreskin covers the tip of the penis, and some parents elect to have it removed for cosmetic or religious purposes.
Circumcision is not medically necessary and is an option for every parent of a newborn son. The team at the Children's Clinic has decades of experience in performing this procedure and can answer any questions that may help you decide before your son’s birth whether to have this done.
When you choose circumcision for religious purposes, such as if you are of the Jewish faith, this procedure takes place eight days after birth as part of a special ceremony. If you opt for circumcision for other reasons, your pediatrician performs the procedure in the hospital (preferably) or at the office within 1-3 days after birth.