Welcome to the Gentle Procedures circumcision clinic.
On this page, you will find information about circumcision for baby boys.
We offer circumcision for newborns and babies up to 12 months of age, as well as boys and men of all ages.
Our goal is to make it simple for you to get the info and services you may require.
Baby circumcision is commonly done relatively early in the life of your son. Procedures completed in the first four weeks are considered newborn circumcisions. Our Brantford, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, St. Catharines and London circumcision clinics offer circumcision for babies up to one year old, as well as boys, teens, and adult men of any age.
If you have made the decision to have your son circumcised, it is recommended to proceed as soon as it is convenient for your family. Appointments are usually available within days.
You can call us during clinic hours to confirm our next available appointment at our Hamilton circumcision clinic location on Hunter Street or our London circumcision clinic location on Oxford Street, or use the contact form anytime.
Appointments are usually available quickly. We work hard to deliver quality care in a timely fashion.
Our experienced medical team will exceed your expectations for quality circumcision care.
We focus on high-quality, safe, and reliable care to ensure that parents and their son have the best possible experience. Over 80,000 circumcisions have been safely performed using our method over the last three decades.
For full details on the Pollock Technique™ circumcision method that will be applied in your son’s circumcision, please visit the Our Method page. For information on what to expect during and after a baby circumcision, please see below.
Gentle Procedures Brantford, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, St. Catharines and London were founded by Doctor Emmanuel Kanu, who is well known not only as a general practitioner but also for baby circumcision. Our medical team has been carefully trained by Pollock Technique™ originator, Dr. Neil Pollock, and we are proud to use the Pollock Technique™ in providing convenient and rapid access to infant circumcision in all of Southwest Ontario.
Our doctor and staff will support you after the circumcision surgery with a hotline for questions and detailed instructions on post-circumcision care for your baby son.
You will also have a follow-up appointment to make sure that post-circumcision healing proceeds as expected. Dr. Kanu will be available by phone in the days after the procedure to address any concerns.
The ideal age for circumcision is within the first two weeks of life, and we provide circumcision for babies of all ages.
The focused practice of our clinics permits us to optimize the circumcision procedure as well as the overall experience. Having served many thousands of babies and families, we have developed specialized systems and processes to offer these services differently than hospitals and less-focused clinics.
We will exceed your expectations for quality circumcision care.
You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare your son for the brief circumcision operation. This includes how to best time feeding before surgery to maximize your baby’s comfort.
Babies will have infant acetaminophen before and after surgery, and are given a sugary pacifier to distract and entertain them during the procedure, as well as local anaesthetics. Some babies even sleep through the whole thing.
Guidance and follow-up continues afterwards, with written and verbal instructions on how to provide care after the circumcision.
The goal is to minimize your child’s discomfort and promote healing. You will be shown how to minimize the risk of infection and informed of warning signs to watch for in case of any complications. Our doctor is available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to any questions or concerns.
The ideal age is within the first two weeks of birth, and at our Hamilton and London clinics, we provide circumcision for baby boys at any age. Since newborn babies are less aware, recover faster, and the risk of complications is lower, families should try their best to have circumcision done as close to this time period as possible. However, it is common for a variety of reasons that circumcision will be done at a later time.
The plastibell technique is one of the common methods. With this technique, the baby must go home with a small plastic device tied on to his penis that allows the foreskin to desiccate over subsequent days. This is also a lengthier procedure to perform by the physician.
The gomco clamp is also commonly used as well. It requires longer to perform and involves more tissue handling.
Our procedure takes only minutes to complete. We use extensive pain control methods like acetaminophen, oral sugar solution (which has been shown to reduce pain perceptions), topical numbing cream, padded baby holders, and local anesthetic injections.
We have low complication rates and our clinics are designed to meet the needs of families for infant circumcision. Because of our focus on this procedure, we are able to organize our staff and clinic operations optimally for baby circumcision. Our focus on circumcision results in increased experience with the procedure.
Occasionally, there can be bleeding from the circumcision many hours after the procedure. This is treated by putting some pressure with gauze on the penis for 2-3 minutes to close the oozing blood vessel. (This will be demonstrated to you by our staff).
Very rarely, more serious bleeding can occur which may require a visit to the hospital. Infection is also a possible complication. It is extremely rare and can be associated with redness, pus, and a foul smell from the circumcision. It is treated by putting antibiotic ointment five times a day on the penis which usually resolves any infection within one or two days. Suboptimal cosmetic result is another possible but very infrequent complication.
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When looking for a facility for your son’s circumcision, please consider that the techniques for providing this surgery can vary from doctor to doctor.
Our Pollock method has been refined and standardized over 80,000 procedures. Your boy will benefit from a high standard of care.
Ontario hospitals do not routinely offer baby circumcision for newborns.
Families that desire a circumcision performed for their infant son are generally best served by dedicated circumcision clinics like Gentle Procedures Hamilton in order to get fast and convenient access to services.
Waiting a long time to get an appointment is not a good idea with baby circumcision. It is best to have the procedure as early as possible in the life of your young son.
Please contact us now with your inquiry and you can book an appointment right away if you like.
You can reach us during clinic hours by phone, or any time with our Appointment Request Form.
Parents undertake a circumcision procedure for their son in order to fulfill cultural and religious traditions, as well as to seek improved health outcomes for their children. Some parents decide to circumcise their son for cosmetic and personal reasons. The important thing is to make an informed decision that you will be happy with.
There are many potential benefits from baby circumcision:
Because microorganisms can accumulate under and adhere to the foreskin, bacteria have a greater chance of migrating up the urethra causing urinary tract infections (UTIs) especially in infancy. Studies suggest an over 10-fold decrease in risk of urinary tract infection in circumcised infants. UTIs are a potentially painful and dangerous condition as it can result in kidney inflammation and scarring. Studies suggest that the protective effect of circumcision against UTIs when done as a newborn continues into adulthood.
Viruses can enter through the inner lining of the foreskin which is thin and vulnerable. Ulceration and tearing of the foreskin are not uncommon in uncircumcised men, adding to the risk of virus entry. The following diseases are all reduced by circumcision:
While the circumcision procedure performed on babies at our Ontario circumcision clinics can be considered routine and low risk, there is always some degree of risk with any surgery. Potential problems include:
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