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Because insurance coverage varies, please contact us at 541-389-6313 to get specific information about the cost of circumcision. We will also be happy to answer your questions about the process and care of circumcision.
Q: Is there a health or hygiene benefit to having him circumcised?
A: There is no sufficient data to prove there is. Fundamentally, it is easier to keep a circumcised penis clean in infants and young boys. Medical issues such as irritation, inflammation, and infection tend to be more common in uncircumcised males. However, boys can learn how to clean an uncircumcised penis thoroughly usually some time before age 5.
Q: Is it covered by insurance?A: A few insurance companies do not cover the costs of circumcision. Contact your insurance company or ask your pediatrician to determine costs.
Q: When is it performed?A: Circumcisions are encouraged at 3 - 5 days after birth due to less bleeding and the ability to soothe the baby. We can do the procedure up to about one month of age, however, the upper age limit depends upon the provider. Circumcision after the first month of life can be a more complicated procedure and may require general anesthesia for the comfort and safety of your child.
Q: Are circumcisions performed at the hospital?A: Circumcisions are performed at both pediatric clinics and hospitals. However, the cost of having the procedure done at a hospital may be substantially higher, depending on insurance coverage.
Q: Does it hurt?A:There is some pain involved. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doctors use a local anesthetic to eliminate pain during the process. After the circumcision, any pain can be easily treated with mild pain relievers such as Tylenol.
Q: After the circumcision, how do I care for the cut?
A: Your doctor will provide specifics on how to wash and care for the site until it heals. It is very similar to caring for a small cut. If you were to have questions or concerns, COPA is the only pediatric practice to offer patients 24/7 Nurse Advice: 541-389-6313.
Q: Are there any risks in having a circumcision?
A: Although circumcision appears to have no major medical benefits, it does carry potential risks — as does any surgical procedure. These risks are small, but you should be aware of both the possible advantages and the problems before you make your decision. Complications of newborn circumcision are uncommon, occurring in between 0.2% to 3% of cases. Of these, the most frequent are minor bleeding and local irritation, both of which can be easily treated by your doctor. Your doctor will review possible risks before performing the circumcision.
American Academy of Pediatrics Resource Information on Circumcision
Dr. Mary Rogers
Board Certified Pediatrician
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