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- What is a circumcision?
- Is a circumcision safe?
- How is a circumcision done?
- What should one expect after a circumcision?
- Is a circumcision painful for a baby?
- How can the pain be reduced?
- What are the contraindications to circumcision (the reasons against doing it)?
- What is the chance of a complication from a circumcision?
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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states: "Evaluation of current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, and the benefits of newborn male circumcision justify access to this procedure for thosed families who choose it."
Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics
"Neonatal circumcision: Risks and benefits"