Circumcision is most often done in the first few days of life, which is the best time for your baby, providing they’re healthy. Jerome Pittman, MD, and his team at Gentle Circumcision in Culver City, California, specialize in performing circumcisions and have more experience in these procedures than any other provider in the Los Angeles area can match. Find out more about the benefits of baby circumcision by calling Gentle Circumcision or booking an appointment online today.
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin that surrounds the penis. It might be done for religious reasons or personal family preference. Sometimes there are medical reasons why circumcision is advisable.
Most circumcisions take place on newborns or very young infants, within the first week or so after their birth. This is the best time to perform a circumcision and carries minimal risks when done by an expert like Dr. Pittman.
Baby circumcisions make use of a Plastibell circumcision device. The Plastibell is a tool made of clear, lightweight plastic that’s shaped like a bell, with a handle attached. It comes in different sizes to fit newborns, infants, and toddlers.
The bell covers the glans. Dr. Pittman pulls the foreskin over the bell, securing it with a string or ligature. The ligature is in a groove at the top of the Plastibell. When Dr. Pittman ties the ligature, it compresses the excess foreskin and cuts off the circulation. Dr. Pittman can then cut off the unwanted foreskin while the bell protects the glans from injury.
It’s vital to select the correct size Plastibell for baby circumcision. Using too large a bell causes excessive tension on the foreskin left behind, pulling the bell over the glans and onto the penile shaft. On the other hand, too small a bell size might mean not enough foreskin gets cut away. A Plastibell that’s too small could also put excessive pressure on the glans and result in a visible deformity.
It takes Dr. Pittman 5-10 minutes to perform a baby circumcision. Healing time is around 10-14 days.
Circumcision, at any age, even for babies, can cause pain without the use of anesthesia.
Babies who are under 1 year old receive an anesthetic injection to numb the foreskin before their circumcision. You can also use oral medications such as Tylenol® or Motrin® infant drops. Sugar water can also reduce discomfort, especially when combined with injectable lidocaine anesthetic.
If you’re considering having your baby circumcised, call Gentle Circumcision to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.