circumcision faq

Circumcision FAQs

  • What method do you use for circumcisions?
    We use the Plastibell method under local anaesthetic. This is a virtually painfree and bloodless procedure. This method is suitable for all boys below the age of 10.
  • I am a parent. Will you provide me with adequate after-care information?
    Yes. You will be given all the information you need while you are here. We also give you additional after-hours contact details.
  • Is there a long recovery time?
    Plastibell – Depending on the age, boys may need to take time off school. Recovery would take between 5-14 days depending on a few factors.
  • Can the operation be carried out at the comfort of my own home?
    Generally, we can arrange a home visit if you live in London. Contact us for further details.
  • Is a procedure at home safe?
    Circumcision is defined as a minor procedure and we only use equipment that are sealed, sterile and disposal (single-use only).
  • What is the recommended age for circumcising a child?
    We recommend that a child is circumcised between the ages of 1-3 months old. At this age, the infant would feel minimal pain and the healing process will be quicker. An infant will also have little movement at this age.
  • Can revision operations be carried out to “tidy-up” earlier bad circumcisions?
    Yes, but you should consult the doctor beforehand.
  • Are there any contraindications to perform the procedure?
    Your health visitor, GP and paediatrician would have already looked for any possible contraindications for circumcision in your child. A family history of bleeding or clotting problems is a definite contraindication to carrying out circumcision in the community. However, before performing the procedure we thoroughly assess the baby for any conditions where circumcision is not recommended for medical reasons.
  • How long will the procedure take?
    A standard procedure does not take more than 20 minutes including explanation of the procedure, going through a process of informed consent and the actual procedure.
  • What are the common complications?
    We will discuss in detail the possible complications before performing the circumcision. As a legal requirement we will also ask you to sign a consent form. If the procedure is performed carefully and by fully trained clinicians, the rate of complications is very low.
  • Do you circumcise babies only?
    No, we provide this service for boys of any age including adults.