We are regularly asked about the best age for circumcision, and if at a certain point a boy becomes too old to have it done. The answer is that circumcision is available for boys and men of all ages, and our doctor always performs the operation with all possible care.
If you have a newborn boy and plan to have him circumcised we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible, as it is better to have the circumcision early if possible. If, however, your son is no longer a baby, a virtually painless circumcision can still be performed at our Dallas location.
There are no age restrictions for circumcision. Our clients include a wide range of ages from infants to seniors, and Gentle Procedures Clinic is the only dedicated circumcision clinic in the state of Texas offering circumcision for boys and teens as a routine procedure under local anesthesia.
For this reason many of our clients come from all over to our Plano clinic. Just let us know if you are travelling overnight for the surgery, and we can recommend local accommodation for you and your boy.
Should your young boy or teenage son require circumcision, or if you are a youth seeking more information, we encourage you to explore more of the info available on our website (and others) and to contact us for a consultation when you are ready.
Before circumcision, Dr. McAuliff will explain the risks and benefits of the procedure. Whether you’re planning to have your son circumcised or you’re pursuing circumcision for yourself, you will want to make a fully informed decision.
Circumcising for Phimosis Treatment
Teenage and pre-adolescent circumcision is sometimes prescribed as treatment for phimosis and certain other conditions that may become problematic as the boy matures.
In these cases the age of the boy is not material, as the need to resolve a medical issue is what drives the circumcision decision. Dr. McAuliff offers a virtually painless procedure when circumcision is required for phimosis treatment.
Whatever your reasons for contacting our clinic, our professional medical team is ready to assist you in achieving your personal objectives and resolving medical issues through circumcision safely and comfortably.
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 Gentle Procedures Clinic. 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 469-931-0684.
If you have questions regarding the appropriateness of circumcision for your son or any questions regarding specific details of the process at our clinic, you may choose to first schedule a consultation for your son before you make the circumcision appointment. To arrange a consultation with our doctors please call us at 469-931-0684.
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 Adolescents and Boys at our Dallas Clinic
Circumcision for teens and younger boys is a routine procedure at Gentle Procedures 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.
Getting ready for circumcision
This information will help you understand what you can expect and it will help you safely 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.
Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions about your child taking or stopping medicines before surgery. This includes over-the-counter supplements or painkillers.
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.
Plan for the recovery period after the operation
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. The presence of a parent is very helpful, for younger boys especially.
For younger boys you can bring a favorite stuffed animal or a device that will distract and entertain them. For an older boy getting circumcised we recommend a book or a device that will allow them to play games or watch a video.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: 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.
Anesthetic 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 entire procedure will take less than an hour from start to finish.
Even though the boy having the procedure will be awake, there will be no pain while it is being performed. If your boy can distract himself with music or otherwise the brief surgery will be quickly completed with little stress.
After the procedure, some discomfort is expected when the local anesthetic wears off. There are over-the-counter pain relievers that help with any pain or discomfort, and full post-operative care instructions will be given to you.
Take care to regulate the dosage and follow the doctor’s instructions.
What to expect 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.
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 doctor is available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to questions or concerns.
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.
Rest after surgery for a few days
Post-operatively, we ask that you and your son leave to go eat lunch or run an errand and then come back for a check to ensure there is no post-operative bleeding.
When you leave the clinic, 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 should you 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.