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Circumcision is a surgical procedure aimed at removing the foreskin from the male genitalia, often performed for health, cultural, or religious reasons. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, our skilled surgical team offers comprehensive support and expertise throughout the process, ensuring your comfort and care.

Also known as: foreskin removal, male circumcision

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Everything You Need to Know

Circumcision is one of the oldest and most common surgeries worldwide, with various benefits identified over the years. These include reduced risks of urinary tract infections, certain sexually transmitted infections, and penile cancer. The procedure can be performed at any age, though it is most commonly done in newborns.

Whether your decision is influenced by medical advice, religious beliefs, cultural practices, or personal preference, our team at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is here to support you. We provide a compassionate and understanding approach to care, ensuring you and your loved ones are fully informed and comfortable with the process.

Our hospital is equipped with the latest in medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced in the latest circumcision techniques. This expertise, combined with our commitment to patient care, ensures the best possible outcomes for those undergoing circumcision at our facility.

Before the Procedure

Your journey towards circumcision begins with a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced urologists. During this visit, we’ll explore your medical history, any underlying health conditions, and discuss the reasons for circumcision. This conversation aims to ensure you’re fully informed about the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks.

Preparing for Your Procedure: Preparation might include instructions on cleaning the area, fasting guidelines if applicable, and any adjustments to your current medication regimen. Our dedicated team will guide you through these steps, ensuring you’re ready and comfortable moving forward.

During the Procedure

At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we’re committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment for all our procedures, including circumcision.

Arrival and Preparation: Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our caring staff, who will assist with any last-minute preparations. This includes a final review of your medical history and confirmation of consent for the procedure.

Anaesthesia: For adults and older children, circumcision is typically performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring the area is numb and the procedure is pain-free. If clinically indicated or the patient wishes, the procedure can be performed under general anaesthetic.

The Procedure: The technique used for circumcision will depend on the patient’s age and any specific medical considerations. Our surgeons are experienced in all methods of circumcision, ensuring the procedure is as quick and effective as possible. Throughout, our team will prioritise your comfort and safety.

After the Procedure

Post-Procedure Care: After circumcision, our team will provide comprehensive aftercare instructions. This will include guidance on keeping the area clean, managing pain, and identifying signs of infection.

Recovery at Home: Recovery times vary, with most individuals able to resume normal activities relatively quickly. We’ll provide tailored advice based on the procedure and individual healing progress.

Follow-Up Visits: Follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor healing and address any concerns. This visit also allows us to ensure that you’re satisfied with the procedure outcome and to provide further advice on care if needed.

Ongoing Support: Our commitment to your well-being extends beyond the procedure. We’re here to offer ongoing support and advice, ensuring any questions or concerns you have during the recovery process are addressed promptly.

Our expert team at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the highest standard of care and support throughout your circumcision journey.

Medically reviewed by Mr Leye Ajayi - MBBS MD FRCS FRCS (Urol) on 18/04/2024

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How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.



This initial consultation with our expert urological surgeons is a comprehensive discussion about the circumcision procedure. We examine the patient, discuss medical history, and address any concerns you may have.


Pre-Op Assessment

Further assessments may be conducted to ensure optimal health and readiness for the procedure. Our team offers full support and detailed information, ensuring you feel prepared and confident in your care plan.


Treatment Plan

After evaluating all necessary information, we will outline your treatment options, focusing on the circumcision procedure. Our goal is to provide you with all the essential details to make an informed decision that aligns with your health needs and personal values.


Preparation Guidance

Once the decision for circumcision is made, we’ll provide comprehensive guidance on how to prepare. This may include specific instructions on cleaning the area, fasting requirements, and any adjustments to medications.

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