By The Leading Private Provider of Circumcision Glasgow Wide
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is when the skin (foreskin, or prepuce) that covers the end of your baby’s penis is removed during the circumcision procedure. It may be carried out as part of a ritual or ceremony, such as khitan in Islam, or brit milah (bris) in Judaism. Glasgow Circumcision Clinic carries out religious and cultural circumcision in males up to 4 months old.
The foreskin is a double-layered fold of skin and it is a mucous membrane that protects the head (glans) of your baby’s penis. This skin protects his penis from dryness and irritation caused by wee, poo, and contact with clothing. Once he has been circumcised, the glans of your baby’s penis will be permanently uncovered.
How common is circumcision?
Circumcision rates in the UK have fallen, when compared with other Western countries. Health professionals believe that baby boys do not need circumcising, unless there is a medical need. And doctors have become more expert at deciding whether or not there really is that medical need.
There are possible health benefits to being circumcised, such as a reduced risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Some studies have suggested that being circumcised reduces the transmission of HIV in later life, although most, but not all experts agree.
There is no clear evidence that these potential benefits outweigh the risks of complications associated with having your baby circumcised. Complications include the rare chance of bleeding and infection after the operation. In the long term, your son may experience a decrease of sensation in his penis.
Circumcision is more common in ethnic minority and certain religious communities, such as the Jewish and Islamic faiths, for religious or cultural reasons.
In UK hospitals, only about two per cent of boys are circumcised as babies or as children. This is usually for a medical condition that circumcision either improves or relieves.
Glasgow Circumcision Clinic offers patients and their families a professional circumcision service. It is a private male religious, cultural and medical circumcision clinic based in Glasgow that caters for the circumcision of male infants aged between 2 weeks and 4 months using the plastibell technique and reassuringly, we are the leading private provider of circumcision for boys.
Our patients and their families are offered a complete care package with both preoperative and postoperative support and assistance. Our circumcision aftercare service has been commended by many of our customers. A thorough professional service with the use of the safest technique is used to assure a safe and satisfactory outcome to all families who choose to use our services.
Can my baby be circumcised on the NHS?
Not many NHS trusts fund circumcision for non-medical reasons, because it is considered by nmany that the risks outweigh the potential health benefits. However, it used to be that religious or cultural male circumcision were offered on the NHS, as it was considered safer than the circumcision being carried out elsewhere. However, at our clinic, the procedure is carried out in a sterile environment by a highly skilled and fully qualified paediatric surgeon and is assisted by registered nurses.
In Scotland, it’s recognised that circumcision in a safe, sterile environment, by a skilled surgeon, is better than the risks associated with unsafe, unregulated ritual practices or circumcisions carried out by the untrained and those with non medical bckground.
Our aim is too minimise the risks by using the plastibel technicque by a highly trained paediatric surgeon that has over 1000 circumcision under his belt. You can be assured your sons wellbeing is of the utmost importance.
At what age can my baby be circumcised?
If you want your baby to be circumcised, the recommended age for surgery may depend on:
- Your religious or cultural beliefs.
- Whether there is a medical reason for the circumcision.
- The type of anaesthetic recommended to be used.
Newborn babies can be circumcised. If the circumcision is for non-medical reasons, both parents must give their consent. In the Jewish faith, circumcision is done when a baby is eight days old.
In some Islam communities, circumcision is carried out in babies, while in others it is carried out when the child is older. If your baby is premature, you should wait until he is older, taking into account how early he was when calculating his readiness.
In Scotland, it’s recommended that your baby has a general anaesthetic before he is circumcised, and to wait until he is between six months and nine months old. This is to reduce the risks associated with the anaesthetic.
Doctors rarely carry out circumcision for babies under five years for medical reasons . Problems that might be helped by circumcision include if your baby has a repeated infection of the glans, or scarring at the opening of his foreskin. However, problems that require circumcision are rare, and doctors will always try other treatments first.
How is circumcision performed in babies?
If you decide to have your baby circumcised, it will be a surgical procedure, and should be carried out by a doctor. It is considered to be minor surgery, and doesn’t take long. You and your baby won’t have to stay overnight in hospital, or at the clinic.
If your baby is being circumcised and is a newborn, the surgeon is likely to use a local anaesthetic to numb the area. This will be either an injection in the base of your baby’s penis, or the application of a cream between 60 minutes and 90 minutes before the procedure. Circumcision within the Jewish faith is usually done without anaesthetic.
If your baby is being circumcised more than a few weeks after his birth, as recommended in Scotland, he will need to have a general anaesthetic before the surgery.
The most common methods of circumcision are:
This method is suitable for babies who weigh at least 2.5kg (5.5lb). A clear plastic ring is placed tightly around the head of your baby’s penis. The foreskin is removed by cutting it across, and trimming the excess of skin beyond the ring. This takes about 10 minutes. The plastic ring stays on the head of your baby’s penis to prevent bleeding after the surgery, and falls off within three days to seven days.
During circumcision, in very rare cases (less than two per cent), babies can experience bleeding, mild pain, or injury to their penis.
Can I be present while my baby is being circumcised?
You can stay with your baby during the operation, if you would like to. Comfort your baby by keeping your face close to his. You may like to sing him a lullaby, to help to soothe him. Have a good cuddle when it’s all over, and give him a feed.
Who will carry out the circumcision?
Circumcision is usually performed by a paediatric surgeon or general surgeon, though an obstetrician can also do the operation. This doesn’t mean it has to happen inside a hospital, as you may prefer to have your son circumcised at a clinic. At Glasgow Circumcision Clinic, Our Clinical Lead – Dr Basith Amjad is a Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and he lone, will caqrry out all procedures whilst being asisted by qualified and registered nurses.
In the Jewish faith, circumcision is carried out by a trained circumciser (mohel), and may take place at home or in a synagogue. Though it’s a very common operation, it’s important that it is done by a licensed and experienced surgeon or doctor, following sterile procedures.
What should I do to prepare for my son’s circumcision?
Change your baby’s nappy before the operation, and keep a long sleeve top and socks and a babygrow ready to change him into after he has had the surgery. Apart from this, you don’t have to make any special preparations. You can still breastfeed or formula-feed your little one up to one hour before the procedure.
What happens after my baby has been circumcised?
After your baby has been circumcised, he may experience some pain, irritation and swelling. When you change his nappy, make sure you point his penis down, to reduce how much the nappy rubs against his glans.
Keep the tip of your baby’s penis as dry as possible for the first couple of days, and then bath your baby once or twice a day. Avoid using scented bath products, and allow as much air as possible to circulate around your baby’s penis while it’s healing. Try to give him some nappy-free time every day. You can also put some petroleum ointment on the area to reduce irritation. The wound should heal within seven days to 10 days.
Complications after circumcisions carried out by experienced doctors, in sterile settings, are uncommon. However, if you notice anything, such as bleeding, or signs that the area may be infected, such as prolonged swelling, see your doctor.
Circumcision in the UK is provided by Glasgow Circumcision Clinic caters to all religious & cultural backgrounds.
These clinics routinely attract patients from all parts of the UK. The clinics offer patients and their families professional circumcision services. These are private male religious and medical circumcision centre Glasgow that cater for all the circumcision requirements for all ages of male infants Up to the age of 4 months.
The patients and their families are offered an all-round care package in terms of preoperative and postoperative support and assistance. A thorough professional service with the use of the best techniques is used to assure a safe and satisfactory outcome to all patients who choose to use our services.
Circumcision in Scotland is offered by Glasgow Circumcision Clinic . The surgeons at the clinic perform religious and medical circumcisions. The clinic caters to all ages.
The clinic attracts patients from all parts of Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen etc. The clinic is well-known to Scottish Muslim, Jewishand Christian communities.
Surgeons at the clinic offer full counselling and aftercare services for the well-being of all patients, parents and families and can be contacted at 24 hours any time of the day.
Glasgow Circumcision Clinic has been proudly servicing the Scottish community over many years and is well known to our patients and their family and friends.