Circumcisions are normally performed within one month after birth. Circumcisions after that time need the performing doctor’s approval.
Your doctor will recommend the best setting for the circumcision, depending on your son’s individual case. Circumcisions are an out-patient procedure, performed by the following providers:
- Federal Way: Dr. Apostol
- Gig Harbor: Dr. Edstrom
- James Center: Dr. Kirschner
Our providers 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. Caregivers may or may not be present during the procedure depending on caregiver/provider preferences.
Our providers take pain control very seriously. There are a number of methods we can use to minimize your son’s pain. This may 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. Your doctor will use the technique best suited for your child.