Baby Circumcision at our Toronto Clinic

Circumcising Your Infant at Our East Toronto Clinic

Welcome to Gentle Procedures Clinic.

This page focuses on infant and baby circumcision so please visit the adult circumcision page if you need information on that procedure.

Infant circumcision is commonly done relatively early in the life of your son. Procedures completed in the first four weeks are considered newborn circumcisions.

Gentle Procedures circumcision clinic offers virtually painless circumcision with the Pollock Technique™ for babies up to 12 months of age, and for men over 15 year of age.

You can contact us to confirm our next available appointment at 647-568-1512.

Appointments are usually available quickly. We work hard to deliver quality services in a timely fashion.

Our experienced medical team will strive to exceed your expectations for circumcision care. For full detail on the 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.

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The Gentle Procedures Clinic Experience

The focused practice of our clinic permits us to leverage our experience with circumcision procedures, as well as organize our clinic operations around the goal of delivering a good overall experience.

Preparing Your Baby Boy for Circumcision

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

This includes how to best time 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.

We really are gentle.

The ideal age for circumcision is within the first few weeks of life, and we provide circumcision for babies at any age.

The Gentle Procedures Clinic Experience

All these steps are taken to maximize your baby’s comfort during the brief procedure. For full detail please read more about the Pollock Technique™.

Anesthetic Cream to Numb
the 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.

Because the topical cream will have numbed the skin, the injection step (next) will cause little to no discomfort.

Pain Blocking Injection – Local Anesthetic

Then, once the skin is numb, your son will be given an injection called a dorsal penile ring block into the soft tissue alongside the penis. Our doctors use a combination block of both short and long acting anesthetic. This provides comfort and coverage for both the procedure and for hours after.

The penis will become fully numb within 10 minutes and then the circumcision can be done.

Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation

While the circumcision is being performed, we will give your baby a sugar pacifier which will reduce his pain perceptions.

Studies show that the sweet flavours distract babies and reduce their perception of pain.

Circumcised Baby Follow Up

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.

Caring Team Always Available

The circumcision itself will require less than 30 seconds, however your appointment in our office will be one hour and fifteen minutes which will allow us to review post-circumcision care with you as well as answer any questions that you may have.

Please feel free to contact us now if you have any questions.

Baby Circumcision Clinic FAQ

Babies do gain weight rapidly and that can make the penis somewhat “hidden” inside the pubic fat rendering circumcision impossible due to the risk of trapped penis. Therefore the earlier the better. The best time is between 7-28 days of age, although infant circumcisions are done at our clinic up to 12 months. Since newborn babies are less aware, recover faster, and the risk of complications is lower, families should try their best to have circumcision done as close to this time period as possible. However, it is common for a variety of reasons that circumcision will be done at a later time.
Our clinic founder, Dr. Pollock, has published a study that shows our pain control process is highly effective. Many babies can sleep right through the entire under 60 second procedure. Most babies experience little or no pain at all.
It is not unusual for a baby to sleep 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.
Healing occurs in several stages, and most newborns show signs of healing by one week.

Our procedure takes only one minute. 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 low complication rates. Our clinic is designed to meet the needs of families for infant circumcision. Because of our focus on this procedure we are able to organize our staff and clinic operations for baby circumcision.

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 647-568-1512

Complications are rare. Occasionally, there can be bleeding from the circumcision many hours after the procedure. This is treated by putting some pressure with gauze on the penis for 2-3 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, pus, and a foul smell from the circumcision. It is treated by putting Polysporin five times a day on the penis which usually resolves any infection within one or two days.

Suboptimal cosmetic result is another possible but very infrequent complication.

Yes, they are possible; however, to date, there have never been any serious complications among our patients or in the over 60,000 circumcisions done with the Pollock Technique™.

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Potential Benefits of Infant Circumcision

Ontario 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 have 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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