Risks of male circumcision

The risks associated with circumcisions when carried out by qualified and experienced doctors are small.

The main risk is bleeding, both during and after the operation. The surgeon will seal off any bleeding during the procedure, and the dressing applied afterwards will absorb any further bleeding.

However, seek medical advice if your child's penis continues to bleed after they return home.

There are also risks associated with general anaesthetic, such as having a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) . However, these risks are small.

The anaesthetist will explain the risks to you before the operation. You can also read more about the complications and risks of general anaesthetic .

You can also havea headache or feel sick or dizzy after having a general anaesthetic. However, these side effects should pass quickly.

There's also a small risk of infection after having a circumcision.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018