Circumcision The Surgical Procedure (cont.)

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What is the chance of a complication from a circumcision?

Large-scale studies indicate that the rate of complications is low, ranging from one in 200 to one in 500. The most common complications are local infection and bleeding. Complications due to local anesthesia consist mainly of hematomas (bruises) and local skin necrosis (damage and loss).

Deaths attributable to newborn circumcision are rare. No deaths occurred, for example, in an analysis of 500,000 circumcisions in New York City or 175,000 circumcisions in U.S. Army hospitals.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2014