Can we circumcise our two-month-old son?

We asked the expert how old is too old for circumcision and what anaesthetic options are available.

By Jacob Langer, Staff Surgeon, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto
Can we circumcise our two-month-old son?

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Q: Before my son was born, my husband and I decided not to get him circumcised at the hospital. He's two months old now, and we're having second thoughts. Can we still get him circumcised, and will it hurt him more or less now that he's a few weeks older?

A: Local anaesthesia should be used both as a neonate and at two months, so the pain should be minimal at either age. Most doctors will not perform a circumcision using only local anaesthesia after a certain age, which ranges from one to three months, so you should make your decision pretty quickly. After this point, the procedure will have to be done under general anaesthesia.

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This article was originally published on Jul 09, 2012

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