Newborn Circumcision

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.

Our Specialist

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. 

Max Maizels, MD

Max Maizels, MD

Director, Perinatal Urology

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Make an Appointment

You may call the Division of Urology at 1.312.227.6340 to schedule an appointment.

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