Circumcision FAQs

Is the service available throughout the year?
Yes. Procedures are usually carried out from the clinic every weekend, usually on a Sunday. We have prolonged opening during school holidays. Weekday procedures can be arranged on special request on advance notice.

Is the procedure painful?
Circumcision should be a pain free procedure, as long as the local anaesthetic has been administered correctly.

How long does the local anaesthetic last?
Usually 1 – 2 hours. Following which the feeling will return and you may be in
pain for about 15-20 minutes acutely. Therefore, it is advisable that painkillers are given just before or soon after the procedure, so that while the anaesthetic wears off there won’t be too much pain.

Can the procedure be carried out with the patient asleep?
Not at our clinic. All procedures carried out at the LCC are under local anaesthetic (LA). However, you are looking to have it done under a general anaesthetic (GA) will have to get in touch with your local private provider.  Be warned that they can quote you a price around the region of £1,500:00. Importantly, there are no added benefits of doing a circumcision under a GA – if anything; you have the added complications that are associated with a GA.

What is the average time to recovery?
You are looking in the region of approximately 2 weeks.

Will someone explain the procedure and the after-care to us?
As part of taking informed consent, it is imperative on the circumcision practitioner that they explain the procedure to you in full, the likely complications and the after-care.
What level of experience do the circumcision practitioners have? Are they GPs or Surgeons?

Our practitioners are all practising NHS Surgeons who are involved in their day to day work operating. They have a wealth of experience and you can chat to them directly about their experiences – it is important that you have full confidence in the practitioner that will operate on you.

Can I go home straight away?
In the vast majority of cases you can. However, if the doctor is concerned that there may be a slight chance of bleeding, then he may request that you wait for about half an hour so he can perform interval checks to ensure that there is no bleeding. Only when he is confident that it is safe, he will tell you that you may go.

Should I be aware of any risks associated with a circumcision?
One thing you have to bear in mind is that circumcision is a surgical procedure. All surgical procedures are associated with an element of risk.  However, these risks can be minimised if the procedure is carried out by a fully trained and professional circumcision practitioner, in particular if someone has a surgical background or is a practicing surgeon.

The risks associated with a circumcision are commonly (1) bleeding (1-3%) and (2) infection (1-3%). To minimise the risk of infection   – the procedure is carried out in a sterile fashion and antibiotic prophylaxis is usually given.

Is there routine follow-up checks?
Routine checks are not necessary on the adult. In all cases, if the you wish to re-visit for whatever reason, you may do so without incurring any further costs.