Extensive pain control methods are employed for infant circumcision; including Panadol, sugar solution (which has been shown to reduce pain perception), soothing music, topical freezing cream, padded baby holders, and a long acting local anesthetic.
Older boys and adult men also benefit from multiple local anesthetics to ensure a virtually painless procedure.
Please contact us anytime with your specific questions about our circumcision method, or to book an appointment.
Adult Circumcision With Skin Glue Closure
For adults, the combination of our local anaesthetic, quick surgical technique, and use of skin glue, allows us to provide a comfortable adult circumcision procedure for Australian men.
This method has provided for improved cosmetic outcomes without the typical multiple suture track marks.
What Is Our Canberra Circumcision Doctor’s Method?
The Pollock Technique™ can be used for babies, boys, and men of all ages, and consists of using a Mogen clamp under long-acting local anesthetic.
Doctor Suran performs Pollock Technique™ circumcisions for infants and babies up to two year of age, as well as for boys and adult men aged 10 and up.
The Pollock method circumcision operation takes only minutes for newborns.
The Pollock Technique™ circumcision procedure is practiced more and more often in Australia today.
Only local anaesthetic is needed, and recovery time is short. Our method is quick and has proven safe over the past 30 years and 60,000 procedures. This is one of the reasons why many ACT doctors refer their patients to our Canberra circumcision clinic.
Gentle Procedures Canberra Circumcision Procedure
We recommend that you finish feeding your baby prior to coming into the clinic so that he will not be too hungry while you are waiting for the procedure. If your son is hungry upon your arrival, it is ok to feed him within 15 minutes of your arrival to the clinic.
Please read on to learn about the multiple steps we will take to minimize your baby’s discomfort during the short infant circumcision procedure. Our doctor will take good care of your son and you will be present the whole time.
You will be at one of our Canberra circumcision clinics for just over an hour, and we want to make that time as pleasant as possible.
All the following steps are taken to ensure your son has minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Baby Paracetemol Before You Come to the Clinic
Before you leave home, give your son baby paracetamol. Do not use other medications such as Ibuprofen because these may affect bleeding time.
Infant acetaminophen drops usually come in a concentration of 100 mg/1 ml (check the bottle that this is the correct preparation).
The proper dose for his weight is shown in the table below.
1 – 3 months
4 – 6 kg
0.6 – 0.9 mls
3 – 6 months
6 – 8 kg
0.9 – 1.2 mls
6 – 12 months
8 – 10 kg
1.2 – 1.5 mls
1 – 2 years
10 – 12 kg
1.5 – 1.8 mls
If you are uncertain of the proper dose after reviewing this, please wait for us to advise you at the clinic and give it there.
Please do not give any other medication besides paracetemol (i.e., No Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) because it may increase bleeding time.
Anesthetic Cream to Numb the Skin
In our office, your child will have topical anaesthetic applied to his penis. This is a cream that numbs the skin. This surface painkiller is the second step we take to minimize discomfort during circumcision.
Pain Blocking Injection – Local Anesthetic
Next, once the skin is numb, your son will be given an injection called a dorsal penile ring block into the soft tissue alongside the penis. Our doctors use a combination block of both short and long acting anesthetic.
This provides comfort and coverage for both the procedure and for hours after. Since the topical anesthetic has already numbed the skin, the injection is hardly felt. After 7-8 minutes, the penis is numbed, and the circumcision can be done.
Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation
During the injections and the circumcision, your son will receive a sugar pacifier to suck on. Ten minutes after the injection, the penis is fully desensitized and the circumcision can be done.
During the circumcision soothing music is played, room temperature is increased and your son may continue to receive sugar pacifiers to suck on for additional comfort.
Studies show that the sweet flavours distract babies and reduce their perception of pain.
Caring Team Always Available
Although the circumcision takes just minutes, we request that you be in the clinic for about an hour in total, so that we can carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.
As parents we understand that safety concerns are always the top priority, and our procedures and aftercare protocols are designed with safety first.
All clients are given our after hours contact information so they can reach the doctor directly should any concerns arise.
For your peace of mind, Doctor Suran will be reachable 24 hours a day on his personal mobile phone after the procedure.
The Penis Before & After Baby Circumcision
The three images below show the change in your baby boy’s penis brought about by circumcision.
1. A profile of the uncircumcised penis with the foreskin covering the glans (head of the penis).
2. The same penis as in Figure 1 but drawn as if the foreskin was transparent. Here you can see the foreskin in relation to the inner side of the foreskin and the glans. Notice the adhesions along the inner side of the glans. These are present at birth in almost all babies and must be released before the actual circumcision.
3. The same penis following the circumcision. Notice that the cut edge of the skin retracts to just behind the back rim of the glans. This is the site of healing. Please see the Post Circumcision Care page for full detail on the healing process and frequently asked questions.
Our Circumcision Method and Pain Control Approach
The Pollock Technique™ used by Dr. Suran is based on the Mogen technique. This technique is known for its quickness and safety. In conjunction with this method, our circumcision doctor uses the most complete and extensive pain control methods available. This ensures that your son will feel little or no pain at all. The objective of the Pollock Technique™ is to minimize stress on the infant and family via maximum pain control and a quick and simple procedure.