Anesthetic Cream to Numb the Penile Skin
In our office, your child will have topical anesthetic applied to his penis. This is an anesthetic cream that numbs the skin. This surface painkiller is the second step we take to minimize discomfort during circumcision. This part of the procedure is much the same for all age groups
Pain Blocking Injection – Local Anesthetic
Next, once the skin is numb, the patient will be given an injection called a dorsal penile ring block into the soft tissue alongside the penis. Our doctor uses a combination block of both short and long acting anesthetic. This provides comfort and coverage for both the procedure and for hours after.
Since the topical anesthetic has already numbed the skin, the injection is hardly felt. After a few minutes minutes, the penis is “frozen”, and the circumcision can be done.
Distraction During the Brief Circumcision Operation
During the injections and the circumcision, babies will receive a sugar pacifier to suck on. During the circumcision soothing music is played, room temperature is increased and your baby son may continue to receive sugar pacifiers to suck on for additional comfort. Studies show that the sweet flavours distract babies and reduce their perception of pain.
For older kids and adults candy may be provided, and the patient will be entertained by their choice of television or movies to help them be at ease during the procedure.
Although the circumcision takes just a few minutes, we request that you be in the clinic for about one hour in total.
During the post circumcision observation period we will also carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.
Caring Team Always Available
As parents we understand that safety concerns are always number one. For your peace of mind, Doctor Jay will be reachable 24 hours a day.
All clients are given our 24-hour contact information so they can reach the doctor directly should any concerns arise. In the unlikely event of a problem after the circumcision you will have fast answers to your questions or concerns.