Circumcision for Older ChildrenJack Roberts2016-08-26T00:02:05+00:00
Reddoch Clinics offers circumcision for boys up to adolescence, as well as for babies and newborns. As a specialized clinic for circumcision we are able to deliver the highest standard of male medical care for boys of all ages.
Appointments are generally available within a few days of the request. Please contact us today for quick and professional service.
Our doctor will be pleased to speak with you about circumcision for your son. Dr. Reddoch has a large experience with circumcision on boys and can answer your questions about the procedures and post circumcision care.
Circumcision for Children – Getting Circumcised Before Adolescence
Circumcision is usually done in the first few weeks after the birth of your boy. The procedure is also routinely done for older boys at Reddoch Clinics.
No medical referral is required. Your primary care doctor may refer you to our clinic for circumcision for your boy but your doctor does not need to make a referral for you.
You can call us directly at 613-933-9997 or use the Quick Contact form at the right to get in touch with us with your inquiry.
Dr. Reddoch provides circumcision for infants, babies and children from newborn to puberty. For our patients over 2 years old, we enhance the standard multiple local anesthetic methods with the option for a mild oral sedative to reduce anxiety in your child.
With the introduction of Dr. Pollock’s skin glue closure method, in contrast to the standard suture (stitches) closure, we are able to obtain an improved cosmetic outcome without the typical suture track marks in the mucosa and skin. In addition, the glue closure is 10 times as quick, and this dramatically reduces the boy’s discomfort while allowing our doctor to perform the surgery faster.
Under 2 years of age, the procedure is done at both of our two locations. Older than 2, the circumcision procedure may be done only at our Cornwall clinic with follow-up visits in either Cornwall or Ottawa.
Many boys are circumcised because of the family’s cultural and religious traditions. Both Islam and Judaism support circumcision for boys, and many of the circumcisions performed at the Reddoch Clinics in Ottawa and Cornwall fall into this category.
Families choose to continue their traditions, and our circumcision clinic makes it simple and safe to do so. If you have questions please contact us anytime before or after you book the procedure.
What are the benefits of circumcision for children and adolescents?
There are some potential benefits from getting circumcised as a child or teenager. Here are some examples:
Circumcision lowers the risk of penile cancer, although the risk is always quite low.
Boys and men who are circumcised have less chance of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). An STD is a disease you catch from sexual contact. An example is HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS.
Males who are circumcised have a slightly lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection. That’s an infection affecting the bladder, kidneys, or the tubes that urine goes through as it leaves the body.
If you’re circumcised, there’s no worry that you’ll get an infection of the foreskin.
Circumcision means you’ll never get phimosis — a condition in which very tight foreskin gets stuck to the penis.
The Circumcision Procedure for Young Boys
Circumcision for younger boys is a routine procedure at Reddoch Clinics. We appreciate that it can lead to anxiety and concerns for boys and parents so our procedures include communication among the parents, patients, and our medical team before and after the operation. The overview below provides some detail and your doctor will answer your specific questions as well.
This information will help you understand what you can expect and it will help you prepare for your child’s surgery. The more you (and your son) understand exactly what is planned, the more comfortable you will be during the circumcision procedure and recovery period of several days.
Talk to your boy about the surgery. Tell your son that the surgery will remove the skin on the head of his penis. Older boys will understand well and children will appreciate a simpler version of the reasons.
Follow-up from our clinic before circumcision
A nurse will call you the day before the circumcision appointment to confirm the time and date of your child’s surgery and answer any questions.
Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions about your child taking or stopping medicines before surgery. This includes over-the- counter supplements or painkillers.
The day of surgery
Have your child take a bath or shower before you come in. For younger boys you can bring a favourite stuffed animal or small toy if this comforts them. For an older boy getting circumcised we recommend a book and music player with some calm music.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany your child to the clinic. If both parents will not be present you will be asked to have written permission from the absent parent to confirm that they are aware of the planned operation and have agreed to have it done.
Anaesthetic prior to circumcision
A local anesthetic is given by injection through the skin near the base of the penis. During a circumcision, the foreskin is removed from the head of the penis (glans). The surgery will take just a few minutes. Even though the boy having the procedure will be awake, there will be no pain while it is being done.
Your son may be anxious during the application of the anesthetic, but will likely relax once the injection is done and he understands that there will be little additional discomfort during the procedure.
After the procedure, some discomfort is expected when the local anesthetic wears off. There are pain-killers that relieve any pain or discomfort and full post-operative care instructions will be given to you.
You can review detailed care instructions in the Older Child Circumcision Manual. You can download the pdf document anytime, and full detail will be reviewed with you at the clinic as well.
After a Boy’s Circumcision
Circumcision for older boys who are not babies will entail a recovery period with reduced activity levels.
Your son will leave our clinic a few hours after the operation, and guidance and follow-up continues afterwards, with written and verbal instructions on how to provide care after the circumcision.
Recovery period post circumcision
Plan for your child’s recovery time. He may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort.
Your child will probably be able to go back to school or daycare in 2 or 3 days. Every child is unique, but you will likely want to be available to your son in the days immediately after his circumcision.
The goal is to minimize your boy’s discomfort and promote healing.
You will be shown how to minimize the risk of infection and informed of warning signs to watch for in case of any complications.
Our doctors are available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to questions or concerns.
A few days of rest
You will likely be able to take your child home 2 to 4 hours after the surgery. Encourage extra rest the first day. Most children can be more active on the day after surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions about when your child can do vigorous exercise. This includes sports, running, and physical education.
You will get more information about how to take care of your child at home. The doctor will tell you when your child can start normal activities again.
When to call the clinic?
You have questions or concerns before or after the circumcision.
You don’t understand how to prepare your child for the surgery.
Your child becomes ill before the surgery (such as fever, flu, or a cold).
You need to reschedule or have changed your mind about your child having the surgery.