Baby Circumcision

Through the Newborn Circumcision Program, Lurie Children's pediatric urologists offer the following surgical services:

  • Expert surgical skills to perform the circumcision
  • Detailed follow-up care and instructions are provided
  • Skills and services to identify genital anomalies that could otherwise complicate circumcisions

What to Expect

We recommend that infant circumcision is performed by two months of age. Your child’s circumcision will take place during one of our convenient, regularly scheduled clinics.

Before the procedure, a pediatric urologist will perform a detailed examination customized for newborn circumcision. Our team's specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating anomalies which could complicate pediatric circumcision. The results of these examinations will be explained to you by our specialist.

After the examination, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied locally and your child will be soothed with Tylenol. We also encourage feeding and extra blankets for comfort. Additional anesthesia will then be provided.

The device we use to perform the procedure is adaptable to all children. After the procedure, a surgical dressing will be applied. The entire procedures takes approximately 20 minutes, so please expect the entire appointment to take approximately 90 minutes.

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

  • Plan to arrive 20 minutes before your child's appointment to allow enough time for the anesthesia to set in.
  • Bring the following items:
    • Tylenol for infants
    • Bacitracin or Neosporin
    • Heavy blanket
    • Extra outfit
  • Have another companion with you, if possible.
  • Leave other siblings at home, if possible.
  • Feed your child by your normal routine as we want to ensure your child isn't irritable from hunger.

Make an Appointment

You may call the Division of Urology at 1.312.227.6340 to schedule an appointment or complete the below form to request an appointment. A member of our team will call back within one business day.

Our Specialist

The program is led by Max Maizels, MD. Dr. Maizels is a professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has in-depth expertise and many years of experience in pediatric urological surgery. 

Max Maizels, MD

Max Maizels, MD

Attending Physician, Urology; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Call 1.800.543.7362

Patient Family Testimonials

“Dr. Maizels did an amazing job explaining the process and aftercare for every type of learner (audio, visual, kinetic, written out directions...etc). It made me feel at ease and confident in my ability, as a parent, to provide the best aftercare for my child, and to share that information with family members who will be caring for my child.”

“My husband and I were extremely impressed by the level of care and thoroughness Dr. Maizels provided to us and our son on our recent visit. Dr. Maizels takes the time to make sure his patients/patients' parents are comfortable with not only the procedure, but also the after care of the patient, and never makes you feel rushed. In our opinion, Dr. Maizels has set the bar for standard of care.”

"The information given prior to the appointment helped us feel prepared and comfortable. During the appointment, Dr. Maizels explained the procedure thoroughly and answered all questions thoughtfully. His videos that provided information were extremely helpful and informative. He spent more time with us than I expected him to, and checked in frequently to see if we had questions or needed further clarification prior to the procedure. Dr. Maizels and his staff ensured that we left the appointment with clear understanding of how to care for our son in the following month. We would highly recommend Dr. Maizels and his nursing staff."

"I was very pleased with the detail and communication throughout this entire process. Dr. Maizels did a wonderful job explaining the entire process through his videos and demonstration. I appreciated the video to watch prior to the appointment which helped to take away the anxiety going into the appointment. He also did a great job demonstrating the exercise portion with us on our son prior to the procedure to ensure that we knew what to do and how to do it properly. The phone number he left for questions was helpful and his nurses would respond in a timely matter after leaving a voicemail. I would very much recommend Dr. Maizels and his team."

"I was nervous taking my son in for his circumcision but the doctor and nurse were so helpful and made sure I was well informed on the procedure and post-procedure care which left me feeling much more comfortable."

“Dr. Maizels has helped both my boys. I wish more knew about the circumcision clinic. Both boys had issues that local doctors missed, it is great to be able to come to Dr. Maizels and receive all of the information before making a decision with a local doctor.”

“Dr. Maizels had an unbelievable bedside manner. I was very nervous about a few things and he made sure I felt comfortable with everything before leaving. Never once did he make me feel like I was a burden or did he rush me. He provided an excellent experience for me and my family.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Your pediatrician may be able to provide you with information, or they might recommend that you speak with one of our specialists.

Yes, we notice infants have a remarkably smoother experience with the use of anesthetics.

We recommend that the circumcision procedure be performed by two months of age.

Our board-certified urologists strive to ensure that you have a high-quality experience that minimizes chances of complications.

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.

Circumcision promotes good hygiene so that skin infections are less likely. It removes the foreskin cover of the head of the penis (glans) which makes it easier to keep clean.

Please call our office at 312.227.6340 and questions can be answered on an individual basis.

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