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Pediatric Circumcision

Key Points About Circumcision

  • Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the skin covering the end of the penis, called the foreskin.
  • In many cultures, circumcision is a religious rite or a ceremonial tradition. It is most common in Jewish and Islamic faiths.
  • In the United States, newborn circumcision is an elective procedure.
  • An estimated 55 to 80 percent of newborn boys undergo circumcision. However, this number varies among socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I choose whether to circumcise my son?

What care is needed for an uncircumcised penis?

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What care is needed after a circumcision?

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