At Gentle Procedures Clinic in Dallas, Dr. McAuliff has chosen an innovative technique that has been performed during 50,000 circumcisions all across North America.
Our doctor has trained with the renowned Dr. Neil Pollock at his clinics, and has been certified in the use of this outstanding circumcision technique that delivers a virtually painless procedure for babies, boys, teens and men.
Extensive pain control methods are employed, including Tylenol before surgery (administered by parents or patient), sugar solution in the mouth (for babies only – it has been shown to reduce pain perception in infants), soothing music, topical numbing cream, and a long acting local anesthetic.
Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment, and please read on below for detail on our virtually painless circumcision method, which has now been used in over 50,000 procedures.
No. This method is quite different from the Plastibell procedure. It is faster and no device is left attached to the penis. Our circumcisions can be performed on babies, toddlers, teens and men of all ages, and consists of using a Mogen clamp under long-acting local anesthetic.
A circumcision operation at our clinic takes only minutes for newborns – and this is several times quicker than most hospital circumcisions. This is different again from the Plastibell circumcision procedure where an infant circumcision procedure requires 10 minutes to affix the Plastibell device to the baby’s penis and it remains in place for up to 7 days.
Only local anesthetic is needed and recovery time is relatively fast. Our method is quicker than other procedures, and has proven safe over the past 25 years and 50,000 operations. This is one of the reasons why so many physicians refer their patients to our clinic.
It is best to have finished feeding your son just before bringing him into the office, so that your baby will not be overly hungry while you are waiting in the office. If your baby is hungry when you arrive, you can feed him at any time during your visit.
Please read on to learn about the multiple steps we will take to minimize your baby’s discomfort during the short infant circumcision procedure. Our doctor will take good care of your son and you will be present the whole time.
You will be at our Dallas circumcision clinic for just over an hour, and we want to make that time as pleasant as possible.
All the following steps are taken to ensure your son has minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Baby Tylenol Just Before You Come to the Clinic
About an hour before your son’s appointment, give your son Infant Tylenol (also called acetaminophen). Please follow the dosing instructions printed on the box.
Anesthetic Cream to Numb the Skin
In our office, your child will have topical anesthetic applied to his penis. This is an anesthetic cream that numbs the skin. This surface painkiller is the second step we take to minimize discomfort during circumcision.
Pain Blocking Injection – Local Anesthetic
Next, once the skin is numb, your son will be given an injection called a dorsal penile ring block into the soft tissue alongside the penis. Our doctors use a combination block of both short and long acting anesthetic.
This provides comfort and coverage for both the procedure and for hours after. Since the topical anesthetic has already numbed the skin, the injection is hardly felt. After 7-8 minutes, the penis is numbed, and the circumcision can be done.
Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation
During the injections and the circumcision, your son will receive a sugar pacifier to suck on. Seven to eight minutes after the injection, the penis is fully desensitized and the circumcision can be done.
During the circumcision soothing music is played, room temperature is increased and your son may continue to receive sugar pacifiers to suck on for additional comfort. Studies show that the sweet flavors distract babies and reduce their perception of pain.
Caring Team Always Available
Although the circumcision takes only a few minutes, we request that you be in the clinic for about one hour in total, so that we can carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.
As parents we understand that safety concerns are always number one. For your peace of mind, your doctor will be available by phone on his private direct number after the procedure. You will have Dr McAuliff’s contact information so you can reach the doctor directly should any concerns arise.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns after the circumcision. Please also visit the After Circumcision page for full detail on what to expect after your son’s procedure.
The Penis Before & After Baby Circumcision
The three images below show the change in your baby boy’s penis brought about by circumcision.
1. A profile of the uncircumcised penis with the foreskin covering the glans (head of the penis).
2. The same penis as in Figure 1 but drawn as if the foreskin was transparent. Here you can see the foreskin in relation to the inner side of the foreskin and the glans. Notice the adhesions along the inner side of the glans. These are present at birth in almost all babies and must be released before the actual circumcision.
3. The same penis following the circumcision. Notice that the cut edge of the skin retracts to just behind the back rim of the glans. This is the site of healing.
Our Circumcision Method and Pain Control Approach
The circumcision method used by Dr. McAuliff is based on the Mogen technique. This technique is known for its quickness and safety. In conjunction with this technique, our circumcision doctor uses the most complete and extensive pain control methods available. This ensures that your son will feel little or no pain at all. The objective at our clinic is to minimize stress on the infant and family via maximum pain control and a quick and simple procedure.
Methods used by other Texas circumcision doctors
At Gentle Procedures Dallas, we strive to provide the safest, fastest and most gentle procedure for all newborn baby and infant circumcisions. Other doctors and clinics use other techniques, and here are examples of the more common methods used by physicians at other clinics or circumcision providers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. We mention just two of the more common alternate methods here and this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of circumcision types.
The Gomco Clamp – Not used at Gentle Procedures
This is the most common technique used by general practice physicians who are not specialized in circumcision. It requires much longer to perform and involves more tissue handling. The technique involves compression of the foreskin for five minutes prior to incision.
The clamp is left in place long enough to allow clotting to occur, then the foreskin is removed using a scalpel. The clamp’s base and bell are then removed from the penis. The clamp itself must be rigorously sterilized prior to surgical use. Gentle Procedures Clinic does not use this method.
The Plastibell – Not used at Gentle Procedures
With this technique the baby must go home with a small plastic device tied on to his penis that allows the foreskin to desiccate over subsequent days. This is also a lengthier procedure to perform. Our opinion is that there is no need to introduce a surgical device that stays on the baby’s penis for up to a week.
The Plastibell Circumcision Device is a clear plastic ring with a deep groove. The Plastibell is placed onto the head of the penis during a 10-minute surgical procedure, and the device will fall off within a week. Gentle Procedures Clinic does not use this method.