The Newborn Circumcision Program at Lurie Children’s has been developed to serve as a resource for new parents to get frank answers about circumcision. We aim to be a trusted advisor to you, in addition to your obstetrician and pediatrician, to help you make informed decisions. The advisory and surgical services we offer to parents include:
Advisory services about the pros and cons of circumcision
Advisory services on how to care for their child’s foreskin, for parents who choose not to circumcise
Expert surgical skills to perform the circumcision
Detailed follow-up care and instructions are provided
Identification of genital anomalies that could be complicated by circumcision
What to Expect
We recommend that you make the decision to circumcise your child within two weeks of birth. You can make an appointment for your child’s circumcision during one of our convenient, regularly scheduled clinics.
Before the procedure, a urologist will perform an detailed exam on your child to confirm there are no genital anomalies or irregularities. Our team’s specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating genital anomalies, and can work with you to create an effective treatment plan, if necessary.
After the examination, the baby is soothed with Tylenol. Local anesthesia is provided to reduce discomfort, and the baby may then be fed as well. The device we use is tailored to the baby’s penis. After the procedure, a dressing is applied. This entire procedure takes about 20 minutes.
The program is led by Max Maizels, MD. Dr. Maizels Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has in-depth expertise and many years of experience in pediatric urological surgery.
You may call the Division of Urology at 1.312.227.6340 to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are anesthetic medications used?
Yes, we notice infants have a remarkably smoother experience with the use of anesthetics.
When is my child too old to have a circumcision with local anesthesia?
We recommend that the circumcision procedure be performed by two weeks of age. The surgical clamp typically used in the procedure is designed for infants around two weeks or younger. After this point, alternative clamps are used, but they may increase risk of bleeding or tissue bruising.
Is circumcision best for my son? My friends had negative experiences with circumcision.
Our board-certified urologists strive to ensure that you have a high-quality experience that minimizes chances of complications.
What if my spouse and I do not agree on circumcision for our son?
You and your spouse may have different perceptions of circumcision. We provide unbiased information, based on medical recommendations. We believe that sharing facts and answering your questions will help encourage and assist in open dialogue about your decision.
Does circumcision reduce chance of skin infections?
Circumcision promotes good hygiene so that skin infections are avoided. It removes the foreskin cover of the head of the penis (glans), and an uncovered head is easier to keep clean.
Does circumcision affect my son’s risk of serious illness?
Medical studies show that an intact foreskin is one of multiple factors that can contribute to a higher risk of illness later in life, such as penile cancer, AIDS and cervical cancer in their female partners.
Does circumcision impact sexual pleasure?
There are no medical studies to evaluate the impact on sexual pleasure.