Newborn Circumcision

Newborn circumcision is a very common procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is surgically removed, exposing the tip. Usually, we perform the surgery during a newborn’s first days of life, provided they are stable enough for an operation. Dr. Zabukovic will normally perform this procedure at any of our affiliated hospitals before discharge. However, we do have the ability to perform circumcision in our office on infants up to 1-month-old.

At Primary Care Partners of South Bend, we understand there are many factors in deciding to have your child circumcised. Dr. Zabukovic does this procedure regularly, but he assures you that circumcision is a personal decision and we will respect your choice regarding your baby.

The Procedure

The circumcision procedure begins with the doctor thoroughly cleaning the baby’s penis.  Then, we lay them onto a special table that makes the procedure much safer as it prevents your baby from moving around. Dr. Zabukovic administers anesthetic first to make your baby more comfortable during the procedure. He attaches a clamp to the penis and removes the foreskin. Finally, he applies a healing ointment and gauze to protect from diaper friction. This wound usually heals in 7-10 days. At Primary Care Partners of South Bend, we want to keep you and your baby safe and comfortable during circumcision. Additionally, we encourage you to voice all your questions concerns to your doctor about your options.

What are the Benefits of Circumcision?

Circumcision will protect your baby from penile cancers and STDs throughout his life. Circumcised babies are also less likely to develop urinary tract infections and other infections during their infancy. If the foreskin remains intact, it is more difficult to clean and can lead to infection. Circumcision reduces bacteria under the foreskin and decreases the likelihood of the penis skin becoming irritated. To schedule an appointment, use the online appointment request form or give us a call at (574) 251-1200.

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