While it’s generally very young babies who undergo circumcision, sometimes they aren’t well enough until they’re older. If you have an older baby and you’re considering circumcision, expert physician Jerome Pittman, MD, at Gentle Circumcision in Culver City, California, specializes in performing circumcisions on babies and children of all ages. Older baby circumcision is more challenging than infant circumcision, so having an expert like Dr. Pittman is the best choice. Call Gentle Circumcision to find out more or book an appointment online today.
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from your baby’s penis. Circumcision usually takes place soon after the baby’s born, but there are sometimes reasons why newborns can’t undergo circumcision.
The most common reasons are:
If you wish to have your older baby circumcised, Dr. Pittman is an expert in providing safe circumcision for older babies.
Circumcision for older babies is often possible using the Plastibell technique. Plastibell is the method Dr. Pittman uses on newborns and younger babies. It could be suitable for your baby, depending on their age and size.
The Plastibell circumcision device is made of clear, lightweight plastic. It’s shaped like a bell with a handle attached. The Plastibell device comes in three sizes to fit newborns, infants, and toddlers.
During the circumcision, Dr. Pittman puts the bell portion over the glans, or head of your baby’s penis. He pulls the foreskin over the bell and secures it tightly, which cuts off the blood flow to the excess tissue.
Dr. Pittman completes the circumcision by cutting around the bell to remove the unwanted portion of foreskin. The bell acts as protection for the delicate glans during the procedure.
Older baby circumcision takes about 5-10 minutes. It takes an older baby longer to heal than a newborn, so healing time will likely be around two weeks.
Older babies feel pain just like you do, and one of the priorities at Gentle Circumcision is to make sure there’s excellent pain control for your baby, both during and after the procedure.
Dr. Pittman can help you manage your child’s discomfort, selecting the most appropriate pain-relieving medication for your baby based on their age and weight. Two of the most effective medications for older babies after circumcision are ibuprofen (Motrin®) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
Dr. Pittman has considerable expertise in older baby circumcision and knows how to prevent unnecessary pain during the procedure. For example, using too small a Plastibell can put pressure on the glans, which is highly sensitive.
If you’re considering older baby circumcision, call Gentle Circumcision or book an appointment online today.