Baby & Newborn Circumcision at our Winnipeg Clinic

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Circumcision is covered by Manitoba Health for infants up to 4 weeks of age, and for procedures that are medically indicated.

Our doctors will assess each case to determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for the Pollock Technique™ method.

On this site, you will find information about circumcision for baby boys, as well as for boys and men of all ages.

Our goal is to make it simple for you to get the info and services you may require. This page focuses on infant circumcision so please visit the adult circumcision or older boy circumcision pages if you need info on those procedures.

It is ideal to have your baby circumcised as early as possible as it will be easier, heal faster and cost less. However, do not worry if you missed getting your son circumcised at an early age as Dr. Jay is able to perform the procedure for all age groups.

Physicians refer their patients to our clinics for infant circumcision. However, your doctor does not need to make a referral for you. You can call our main booking line directly at 204-697-9013 with your questions or to make an appointment during clinic hours.

Contact us anytime via the Appointment Request Form or Contact Form and we will get back to you fast! Thanks.

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Infant Circumcision Costs in Manitoba – Free up to 4 weeks.

Our fees for circumcision for babies are as follows:

  • up to 28 days of age is FREE – covered by Manitoba Health
  • 29 days – 8 weeks of age is $490
  • 9 – 12 weeks of age is $590
  • 13 – 16 weeks of age is $690
  • 17 – 20 weeks of age is $790
  • 21 – 24 weeks of age is $850
  • 25 weeks – 23 months of age is $950
  • 24 months – 6 years of age is $1,050. This age group will generally need mild sedative pills to make them at ease during their procedure. General anaesthetic is not necessary.
Circumcision is covered by Manitoba Health for infants up to 4 weeks of age, and for procedures that are medically indicated. Patients have the option of paying a fee for their surgery if they are not covered by Manitoba Health. Prices and fees are subject to change without prior notice.
We are proud to use the Pollock Technique™ in providing safe and simple access to infant circumcision in Manitoba. Our doctor and staff will support you after the circumcision surgery with a hotline for questions and detailed instructions on post-circumcision care for your baby son. Our doctors will assess each case to determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for the Pollock Technique™ method.

For full detail on the virtually painless Pollock Technique™ circumcision method please visit the Our Method page.

For information on what to expect during and after a baby circumcision please see below.

The ideal age for circumcision is within the first two weeks of life, and we provide circumcision for babies of all ages.

Hospital Infant Circumcision Procedures

Manitoba hospitals do not generally offer baby circumcision for newborns in a convenient and timely way.

Some hospitals may have offered circumcisions for infants before mother and baby leave the maternity ward, but this is no longer the case in many hospitals in Winnipeg, and in Manitoba.

Preparing For Circumcision

You will receive detailed instruction on how to prepare your son for the brief circumcision operation. 

This includes how to best time his feeding before surgery to maximize your babies comfort. 

Babies will have Tylenol before and after surgery, and are given a sugary pacifier to distract and entertain them during the procedure. Some babies even sleep through the whole thing.

Circumcised Baby

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 child’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 doctor is available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to any questions or concerns.

Manitoba Baby Circumcision FAQ

Manitoba Health will cover the full cost of infant circumcision for baby boys up to 28 days of age, and for procedures that are medically indicated. Patients have the option of paying a fee for their surgery if they are not covered by Manitoba Health. After 4 weeks you will pay for the procedure. Costs are listed on the fees page.

With Infants it should heal completely in about four to seven days.

The best time is between 5 to 12 days of age, although circumcisions are done at Buenafe clinics for all age groups. For infants, families should try their best to have it done as close to the 5-12 days mark as possible because babies are less aware at this age.

Infant circumcisions are performed with the Pollock Technique™. Dr. Jay has selected this method for its safety and history of positive outcomes. Our doctors will assess each case to determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for this method. Please read full detail on our method here.

Complications are rare. Occasionally there can be bleeding from the circumcision many hours after the procedure. This is treated by putting some pressure with a gauze on the penis for three minutes to close the oozing blood vessel. (This will be demonstrated to you by our staff), very rarely more serious bleeding can occur which may require a visit to the hospital. Infection is also a possible complication. It is extremely rare and can be associated with redness and puss and a foul smell from the circumcision. It is treated by putting Polysporin 5 times a day on the penis which usually resolves any infection within 1-2 days.
Yes, they are possible, however, to date there have never been any serious complications at our offices.

Many babies can sleep right through the entire procedure. We find that most babies will experience little or no pain at all.

It is not unusual for a baby to sleep for 6-8 hours after the procedure and to miss a feeding. Some babies will be irritable for a number of minutes to hours afterwards. Behaviourally most babies are back to themselves by the next day or two.

Our procedure takes only 30-60 seconds (10 times quicker than most hospital circumcisions). We use extensive pain control methods like Tylenol, sugar solution (which has been shown to reduce pain perceptions), soothing music, topical freezing cream, padded baby holders, and local anesthetic injection. We have extremely low complication rates.

No. If you are booking for your son, it is a parental decision and we only require consent from both parents to proceed. You may book online directly or give us a call anytime at 204-697-9013.

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Potential Benefits of Infant Circumcision

Canadian parents undertake a circumcision procedure for their son in order to fulfill cultural and religious traditions, as well as to seek improved health outcomes for their children.

Some parents decide to circumcise their son for cosmetic and personal reasons.

The important thing is to make an informed decision that you will be happy with.

There are many potential benefits from baby circumcision:

It is well known that microorganisms accumulate under the foreskin which fosters inflammation which can lead to conditions such as balanitis/balanoposthitis (inflammation of the head of the penis). The incidence of balanitis is twice as high as those who are uncircumcised. Smegma, which is a cheesy like secretion, can also accumulate under the foreskin combining with bacteria to produce an offensive odor.

Because microorganisms can accumulate under and adhere to the foreskin, bacteria has a greater chance of migrating up the urethra causing urinary tract infections (UTIs) especially in infancy. Studies suggest an over 10-fold decrease in risk of urinary tract infection in circumcised infants. UTIs are a potentially painful and dangerous condition as it can result in kidney inflammation and scarring. Studies suggest that the protective effect of circumcision against UTIs when done as a newborn continues into adulthood.

Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin becomes so tight that it cannot be pulled back fully, resulting in UTIs, local skin infection, pain when passing urine, retention of urine, kidney stones, and sexual dysfunction. Circumcision eliminates the risk of phimosis, which affects 1 in 10 older boys and men.

Studies have shown an over 20-fold reduction in the risk of invasive penile cancer which is thought to arise from adherence of high-risk human papillomavirus to the foreskin and smegma causing chronic inflammation and recurrent infections resulting in phimosis. Invasive penile carcinoma is highly associated with a history of phimosis.
Uncircumcised men have a 1.6-2.0-fold higher incidence of prostate cancer, which is thought to correspond with a higher chance of sexually transmitted infections resulting in a chronic state of inflammation.
Circumcision reduced the risk of getting HIV/AIDS by 3-fold during sex with an infected woman. This is because the HIV virus enters through the inner lining of the foreskin which is thin and vulnerable. Ulceration and tearing are also more common in uncircumcised men, adding to the risk of HIV entry.
Circumcision reduced cervical cancer risk of a man’s female partner by 5.6 times as there is less risk of adherence and colonization of human papillomavirus.

What are the Risks of Circumcision?

While the circumcision procedure performed on babies at our clinic can be considered routine and low risk, there is always some degree of risk with any surgery. Potential problems include:

Bleeding after circumcision – In 1 in 500 circumcisions there may be some bleeding that is usually stopped with pressure or less commonly with stitches. If a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia is present, then our doctors will need advice from a pediatric hematologist prior to proceeding.
Infection – There is always a possibility that there could be a generalized infection requiring antibiotics after the surgery (1/4000).

Serious infections are rare (1/5000).

Concealed penis – When there is a good amount of fat around the penis (pubic fat), the penis may retract inward and increase the chances the penis gets partially buried and requiring medical intervention (1/800).

Meatal stenosis – This is a narrowing of the urethra that may occur after the procedure requiring medical intervention (1/1000).

Phimosis from circumcision – This is a narrowing of the shaft skin opening over the head of the penis requiring medical intervention (1/500)

Trauma resulting in permanent damage to the head of the penis (never in our practice)

Suboptimal cosmetic result (1/500)

More serious complications including death (never in our practice).

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