Circumcision information for parents-to-be
Deciding whether a newborn boy should have a circumcision can be difficult for expectant parents. Miranda McMillin MD, an experienced Cedar Park obgyn, has information to help parents make an informed decision.
What happens during a circumcision?
Circumcision is usually performed in the hospital before the baby goes home. Before the procedure, the baby’s penis and foreskin are cleaned and analgesia is applied to reduce pain. The physician applies a special clamp to the penis and the foreskin is removed. After the procedure, the baby’s penis is covered with petroleum jelly and gauze for protection. The baby should heal in seven to 10 days.
Benefits and risks of circumcision
Circumcision provides certain health benefits.
- Lower risk of some STIs, or sexually transmitted infections
- Lower risk of developing urinary tract infections during the first year after birth
- Lower risk of penile cancer, a rare type of cancer
- Easier to keep the penis clean
- Helps prevent infections of the foreskin
Although rare, all surgical procedures, including circumcision, come with some risks. During this procedure, there is a very slim risk of infection, bleeding or scarring.
Deciding on circumcision
Parents generally base their decision about circumcision on one or more factors, including cultural beliefs, religious beliefs, health benefits, concern about the risks or personal preferences. Parents can decide whether they think circumcision is right for their son.
Our Cedar Park obgyn, Dr. McMillin, is always willing to discuss important issues like circumcision during prenatal appointments. Keeping parents informed is an important aspect of prenatal care.
If you’re considering circumcision for your baby, contact us for more information.