The Risks

With today’s advanced technology, procedural complications are minimal. However, other physical risks may include:

  • Bleeding: with the plastibell method, the risk of any major bleeding has become a rare event. Minor bleeding occassionally occurs, but can be easily managed at the time of the operation.
  • Infection: The circumcision operation is performed under sterile conditions, however there is still a small risk of infection in 2% of cases. In such cases, the baby will be prescribed antibiotics.
  • Pain: minor discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with paracetomol.
  • Serious complications and hospitalisations occur very rarely. After the operation, parents are provided with a 24 hr phone number for any emergencies or matters of concern.