Toddler Circumcision

Overview

Toddler circumcision is for children in need of circumcision after about 6 months of age. Toddler circumcision differs from infant circumcision for two reasons: [1] the vascular system is more developed and; [2] the nervous system is more developed. Because of these two reasons, toddler circumcision is performed along with a Board Certified Urologist in a professional, medical office.

 

The Level of Hygiene

In a clinical setting with a Board Certified Urologist, the surgical environment is highly professional with trained urologic nurses, and a surgically sterile environment. All utensils have been sterilized in an autoclave.

 

The Medical Procedure

When performing toddler circumcision, pain management is required to ensure your child will not experience any significant discomfort during the procedure. Depending on the exact age of the child, we may utilize either local anesthetics or IV sedation. When using IV sedation, we work together with Stat Anesthesia, our licensed and insured anesthetics partner. The decision of which method of pain management is used is made together with the parents and urologist.

 

As for the procedure itself, there are numerous surgical methods for toddler circumcision, which will be determined by the urologist based on the anatomy of the child. Whenever we use stitches for circumcision, we use self-dissolving stitches to avoid the need of additional discomfort. In general, the procedure takes between 30-45 minutes. After about a week, a follow up visit is scheduled at the office of the urologist.

 

Aftercare

The aftercare for toddler circumcision is simple. For the first few days, antibiotic ointment should be placed at excision site twice daily. This will limit the likelihood of infections. Other than that, there is nothing to do. Over the course of the first few days, you can anticipate some swelling, which typically lasts for a few days.

 

How long does healing take? In a few weeks times, things will return to normal. Of course, if there are any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to call.