Circumcision (Male, Newborn)

This procedure removes the foreskin. That's a fold of skin covering the tip of the penis. Circumcisions are most often done within one to ten days after your baby's birth.


To start, your baby is placed on his back. His arms and legs are restrained to keep him safe. His penis is numbed. This can be done with an injection, or with a cream.


The doctor carefully pulls the foreskin away from the end of the penis. A special clamp or a ring may be used to hold the foreskin and protect the penis. Then, the doctor carefully trims away the foreskin.

End of Procedure

After the procedure, the penis may be bandaged. A plastic ring may be left around the penis. If so, it will fall off on its own. Your healthcare provider will give you instructions on how to care for your baby as he heals.