The procedure

Circumcision is usually carried out on a day patient basis. This means yourchild will be admitted to hospital on the same day he has surgery and won't need to stay overnight.

Hewon't be able to eat or drink before having surgery you'll receive detailed information in a letter.

After being admitted to hospital, yourchild will be seen by the surgeon who will carry out the procedure. Theyll explain the operation in more detail, discuss any concerns and answer any questions you have.

They'll also ask you to sign a consent form , giving your permission for the operation.

The anaesthetist will also visit yourchild before the operation. They will usually have a general anaesthetic , so they'll be unconscious throughout the procedure and unable to feel any pain or discomfort.

Circumcision is a relatively simple procedure. The foreskin is removed just behind the head of the penis using a scalpel or surgical scissors.

Any bleeding can be stopped using heat (cauterised). The remaining edges of skin are stitched together using dissolvable stitches. It will take up to six weeks for your son's penis to fully heal.

Content supplied by the NHS Website

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018