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Circumcision at Pediatrics Northwest

We know that bringing a baby into your home means making a world of new decisions. When you have a son, you will need to choose whether to have him circumcised.

 

Age
Circumcisions are normally performed within one month after birth. Circumcisions after that time need the performing doctor’s approval.

Location
Your doctor will recommend the best setting for the circumcision, depending on your son’s individual case.

Technique
Our doctors have performed hundreds of circumcisions and are very comfortable with the procedure. We use the PlastiBell® device, a small plastic ring that will remain around the tip of your son’s penis for approximately five to seven days. This method is meant to minimize bleeding and assist in healing. A PlastiBell® device handout and a circumcision care information sheet will be provided to you after the procedure.

Pain Management
Our doctors take pain control very seriously. We use numerous methods to minimize your son’s pain: possibilities include applying numbing cream, injecting numbing liquid and/or feeding the infant sugar-water. Our goal is to make the circumcision as pain-free as possible, and your doctor will use the technique best suited for your child.

Cost
The fee for a circumcision is $412. Many private insurance plans have a circumcision benefit. Most Washington Medicaid State Plans do not have an elective circumcision benefit. Please contact your insurance company before your appointment to see if they cover the circumcision procedure. If they cover it, we will bill your insurance. You will be responsible for any remaining balance after the insurance is billed.

Due to the nature of the appointment and the time that the procedure takes, a deposit of $75 is required at the time of scheduling, which will be applied to the total cost of the procedure. If no outstanding balance is owed, your deposit will be refunded to you.

  • If your insurance does not cover this procedure, you will be asked to fill out a form stating that you will be paying out of pocket and we will not bill your insurance. Once you receive your bill from MultiCare, you can call the MultiCare billing department at 253-459-7956 to inquire about getting a discount on your outstanding balance for the procedure. You will receive a 40% discount which will bring the cost down to $247.20.   
  • If your insurance will cover a portion of the procedure, you will be billed for the remaining balance after MultiCare submits the claim to your insurance. No discount is available.

Circumcisions are performed in our four main offices:

 

  • Baker Center (Tacoma)
  • James Center (Tacoma)
  • Federal Way
  • Gig Harbor
We encourage you to contact us at 253-383-5777 to discuss circumcisions or to make an appointment.

The Circumcision Procedure and After Care

In this video below, Dr. Oltman discusses the circumcision procedure and how you can best care for your son afterwards.