What is Circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure where the foreskin of the penis is surgically removed leaving the head of the penis (Glans) uncovered.

Why do I need to do it on my baby boy?

Most circumcisions are done for religious or cultural or hygienic reasons. Some have it done for medical reasons. You have the choice to decide. If not sure, consult with your doctor and other family members.

What is most suitable age for this procedure?

Circumcision can be performed at any age but Dr Khatree prefers doing them on baby boys from 1 week onwards. The ideal age is between 1 week and 12 weeks. Dr Khatree does not do it on boys that are more than 12 months old.

What are the side effects or risks of Circumcision?

Most patients will have an uneventful recovery but a minority of them may experience side effects like Bleeding, Bruising, Haematoma and Infection.

How many have you done ?

Dr Khatree has been doing circumcisions for about 35 years and has done over 5000 using both the Gomco and Plastibell methods.

Are there any risks?

The risk or complication rate is quoted as between 1-3 % – the commonest being bleeding and infection. The other risks which are rare are things like reaction to the local anaesthetic, bruising, not enough foreskin being removed and the head of the penis retracting. All of these are quite easily corrected.

Should I not feed my baby before the procedure?

You may feed your baby as normal – preferably about 30-40 minutes before the procedure.

Are the parents required to be present in the procedure room while the circumcision is being done?

Parents are not required to be present since Dr Khatree has a nurse assisting him.

What should if I have any concerns such as bleeding or swelling once I am at home?

Dr Khatree can be contacted at any time either at the Medical Centre or on his mobile. If for some reason, he is not contactable and you think the problem is urgent, then proceed to the nearest Hospital emergency department.

To speak directly with a team member please call (07) 3208 7656