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The cost of circumcision can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It is important to note that the cost of circumcision may not be covered by health insurance in all cases, and patients may be required to pay out of pocket for the procedure. If you are considering circumcision, it is important to discuss the cost and any potential insurance coverage with a healthcare provider or financial advisor. At Lazare Urology, the cost of cosmetic circumcision is $3,000. This cost includes the surgery, the operating room, and general anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
- During The Procedure
Circumcision of newborns is commonly performed in the hospital nursery, typically within 10 days of birth. The child will be placed on his back with his arms and legs restrained for the procedure.
An anesthetic will be injected into the base of the penis or applied as a cream to the surrounding area. Your doctor will secure the penis with a special clamp or plastic band, and remove the foreskin. Afterward, the penis will be loosely wrapped in gauze and coated with an ointment, such as a topical antibiotic or petroleum jelly. The procedure usually lasts 10-30 minutes.
Circumcision for older boys and adults is similar. However, when performed later in life, the operation may require general anesthesia, recovery may take longer, and the possibility of complications may be higher.
- Follow-up And Recovery After The Procedure
The penis typically takes seven to 10 days to heal. Penile bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected, and antibiotics are usually prescribed during the post-op period. At first, the tip of the penis may be sore and may appear red, irritated, or wounded. A small amount of yellow fluid can also be visible on the end of the penis. If your child becomes fussy as the anesthetic wears off, carry him gently, taking care not to exert pressure on the penis.
When the penis heals, it is OK to wash it. Apply a strip of petroleum jelly to the penis’s tip to prevent it from sticking to the diaper, for newborns, and remove the bandage at each diaper change. Replace your baby’s diaper regularly, and make sure it is loosely fastened.
If a plastic ring is used rather than a bandage, it may fall off on its own after around a week. When the penis has healed, wash it with soap and water as you normally would. Adult men should wear loose-fitting briefs and avoid sexual activity for 3 weeks.
As highlighted earlier, circumcision-related complications are rare. See your doctor if you or your child experience:
- Urination does not return to normal after 12 hours of circumcision.
- The plastic ring stays in place two weeks or longer after the circumcision.
- There is continuous bleeding.
- There is a foul-smelling discharge from the tip of the penis.
Dr. Lazare is one of the few board-certified urologists and skilled surgeons across New York City with the necessary expertise to perform safe and effective circumcisions. If you have any concerns regarding circumcision in Brooklyn and Queens, NY, and wish to learn more, contact Lazare Urology today at (718) 568-7516 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lazare.