It is best to have finished feeding your son just before bringing him into the clinic, so that your baby will not be overly hungry during your time with us. If your baby is hungry when you arrive, you can feed him for 15 minutes as soon as you arrive.
The Circumcision Montreal Process
All the following preparatory steps are taken to ensure your son is as comfortable as possible during the procedure. You will see that four different actions will be taken to provide the best possible experience for your child.
Baby Tylenol Just Before You Come to the Clinic
We will have you give your infant son 1 ml of Tempra or Tylenol (also called acetaminophen) just before you leave home. Please do not give any other medication besides Tylenol or Tempra (i.e. No Ibuprofen, Advil etc.) because it may effect bleeding time.
Topical Anesthetic Cream to Numb the Skin
In our office, your child will have topical anesthetic applied to his penis. This is an anesthetic 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. Dr. Pollock has developed 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.
Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation
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 will 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
As parents we understand that safety concerns are always number one. For your peace of mind, your doctor will be available 24 hours a day. All clients are given our 24 hour contact information so they can reach the doctor directly 24/7 should any concerns arise.
Although the circumcision takes just 30 seconds, we request that you be in the clinic for about two hours in total, so that we can carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.