While infant circumcision is generally available in larger cities in all provinces, there is relatively less availability of circumcision care for older boys and young men.
With our focus on circumcision procedures we are able to deliver a high standard of male medical care for teens of all ages. Adult circumcision is also offered at our clinic.
Please contact us today for a consultation (in clinic or by phone) regarding a circumcision procedure for your son with Dr. Christie.
You can reach us by phone during clinic hours at 506-443-7623 or use the contact form and we will call you back. Thanks.
Circumcision for Boys Aged 12 and Up – NB, NS, PEI, QC
We are regularly asked about the best age for circumcision, and if at a certain point a boy becomes too old to have it done. The answer is that circumcision is available for teens and men aged 12 and up, and our doctor always performs the operation with all possible care.
If you have a newborn boy and plan to have him circumcised we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible, as it is better to have the circumcision early if possible. If, however, your son is no longer a baby, a virtually painless circumcision can still be performed with the Pollock Technique™.
There is no maximum age for circumcision. Our clients include a wide range of ages from teens to seniors as well as infants, and Gentle Procedures NB is the only circumcision clinic in the Maritimes offering circumcision for teens as a routine procedure with the Pollock Technique™.
For this reason many our clients come from PEI and Newfoundland to our Fredericton clinic. Just let us know if you are travelling overnight for the surgery, and we can recommend local accommodation for you and your son.
Should your teenage son require circumcision, or if you are a youth seeking more information, we encourage you to explore more of the info available on our website (and others) and to contact us for a consultation when you are ready.
Before circumcision, Dr. Christie will explain the risks and benefits of the procedure. Whether you’re planning to have your son circumcised or you’re pursuing circumcision for yourself, you will want to make a fully informed decision.
Circumcising for Phimosis Treatment
Teenage and pre-adolescent circumcision is sometimes used as treatment for phimosis and certain other conditions that may become problematic as the boy matures.
In these cases the age of the boy is not material, as the need to resolve the issue is what drives the circumcision decision.
Pollock Technique™ circumcision can be an option to resolve phimosis when recommended by a primary care doctor.
Circumcision for Children – Getting Circumcised Before Adolescence
Circumcision is usually done in the first few weeks after the birth of your boy. The procedure is also routinely done for teenage boys at Gentle Procedures Clinic. No medical referral is required. Your primary care doctor may refer you to our clinic for circumcision for your boy but your doctor does not need to make a referral for you. You can call us directly at 506-443-7623 or use the Contact form.
If you have questions regarding the appropriateness of circumcision for your son or any questions regarding specific details of the process at our clinic, you may choose to first book a consultation for your son before you schedule the circumcision appointment. To arrange a consultation with our doctors please call us, or use the Appointment Request Form.
What are the benefits of circumcision for children and adolescents?
There are some potential benefits from getting circumcised as a child or teenager. Here are some examples:
Circumcision lowers the risk of penile cancer, although the risk is always quite low.
Men who are circumcised have less chance of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). An STD is a disease you catch from sexual contact. An example is HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS.
Males who are circumcised have a slightly lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection. That’s an infection affecting the bladder, kidneys, or the tubes that urine goes through as it leaves the body.
If you’re circumcised, there’s no worry that you’ll get an infection of the foreskin.
Circumcision means you’ll never get phimosis — a condition in which very tight foreskin gets stuck to the penis.
The Circumcision Procedure for Children and Adolescents
Circumcision for teens is a routine procedure at Gentle Procedures. We appreciate that it can lead to anxiety and concerns for boys and parents so our procedures include communication among the parents, patients, and our medical team before and after the operation. The overview below provides some detail and your doctor will answer your specific questions as well.
Getting ready for circumcision
This information will help you understand what you can expect and it will help you safely prepare for your child’s surgery.
The more you (and your son) understand exactly what is planned, the more comfortable you will be during the circumcision procedure and recovery period of several days.
Teenage boys will understand clearly what it means to remove the foreskin, and talking through the procedure will reduce any anxiety. There will necessarily be some concerns and stress even when the procedure is desired.
Plan for the recovery period after the operation
Plan for your child’s recovery time. He may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort. Your child will probably be able to go back to school and in 2 or 3 days. The presence of a parent is very helpful, for younger boys especially.
Follow-up from our clinic
We will call you the day before the circumcision appointment to confirm the time and date of your son’s surgery and answer any questions. Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions about taking or stopping medicines before surgery. This includes over-the-counter supplements or painkillers.
Have your boy take a bath or shower before you come in.
For a teen getting circumcised we recommend bringing a book to read, and a music player with some calm music.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany your child to the clinic. If both parents will not be present you will be asked to have written permission from the absent parent to confirm that they are aware of the planned operation and have agreed to have it done.
Anaesthetic prior to circumcision
A local anesthetic is given by injection through the skin near the base of the penis. During a circumcision, the foreskin is removed from the head of the penis (glans). The surgery will take just a few minutes.
Even though the boy having the procedure will be awake, there will be no pain while it is being performed. If your boy can distract himself with music or otherwise the brief surgery will be quickly completed with little stress.
After the procedure, some discomfort is expected when the local anesthetic wears off. There are pain-killers that relieve any pain or discomfort and full post-operative care instructions will be given to you.
Take care to regulate the dosage and follow the doctor’s instructions.
What to expect after a boy’s circumcision
Circumcision for older boys who are not babies will entail a recovery period with reduced activity levels. Your son will leave our clinic a few hours after the operation, and guidance and follow-up continues afterwards, with written and verbal instructions on how to provide care after the circumcision.
The goal is to minimize your boy’s discomfort and promote healing. You will be shown how to minimize the risk of infection and informed of warning signs to watch for in case of any complications.
Our doctors are available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to questions or concerns.
Rest after surgery for a few days
You will likely be able to take your child home 2 to 4 hours after the surgery. Encourage extra rest the first day. Most children can be more active on the day after surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions about when your child can do vigorous exercise. This includes sports, running, and physical education.
When you leave the clinic, you will get more information about how to take care of your child at home. The doctor will tell you when your child can start normal activities again.
When should you call the clinic?
You have questions or concerns before or after the circumcision.
You don’t understand how to prepare your child for the surgery.
Your child becomes ill before the surgery (such as fever, flu, or a cold).
You need to reschedule or have changed your mind about your child having the surgery.