Circumcision in Sydney with the Pollock Technique™
Circumcision in Sydney with the Pollock Technique™Sydney Clinic2019-05-21T16:58:23-03:00
Dr. Neil Pollock
At Gentle Procedures Sydney circumcision clinic, we use the Pollock Technique™ for procedures for all ages of babies, boys, and adult men. The detail below focuses on infant circumcision, so please visit the adult circumcision page or the teen circumcision page if you would like more information on circumcision at an older age.
Extensive pain control methods are employed for infant circumcision; including Panadol, sugar solution (which has been shown to reduce pain perception), soothing music, topical freezing cream, padded baby holders, and a long acting local anesthetic.
Older boys and adult men also benefit from multiple local anesthetics to ensure a virtually painless procedure.
For older children, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) will also be administered to reduce anxiety and discomfort.
NSW Adult Circumcision With Skin Glue Closure
For adults, the combination of our local anaesthetic, quick surgical technique, and use of skin glue, allows us to offer a comfortable and convenient adult circumcision procedure, and has provided for improved cosmetic outcomes without the typical multiple suture track marks.
Gentle Procedures Sydney Infant Circumcision Procedure
We recommend that you finish feeding your baby prior to coming into the clinic so that he will not be too hungry while you are waiting for the procedure. If your son is hungry upon your arrival, it is ok to feed him within 15 minutes of your arrival to the clinic.
Please read on to learn about the multiple steps we will take to minimize your baby’s discomfort during the short infant circumcision procedure. Our doctor will take good care of your son and you will be present the whole time.
You will be at our Sefton (Sydney) circumcision clinic for just over an hour, and we want to make that time as pleasant as possible.
All the following steps are taken to ensure your son has minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Baby Panadol Before You Come to the Sydney Clinic
Before you leave home, give your baby Panadol 0.5mls if he is over 4 weeks old. Do not use other medications such as Ibuprofen because these may affect bleeding time.
If you are uncertain of the proper dose, please wait for us to advise you at the clinic and give it there.
Please do not give any other medication besides Panadol (i.e., No Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) because it may increase bleeding time. The intent of administering the baby Panadol prior to surgery is to start minimizing your son’s discomfort right from the very beginning.
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.Our doctors use 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. After 7-8 minutes, the penis is numbed, and the circumcision can be done.
Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation
During the injections and the circumcision, your son will receive a sugar pacifier to suck on.
Five to eight 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 may continue to 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
Although the circumcision takes less than one minute, we request that you be in the clinic for about one hour and fifteen minutes in total, so that we can carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.
As parents we understand that safety concerns are always number one. For your peace of mind, Doctor Sharier will be reachable 24 hours a day on his direct personal telephone line.
All clients are given our 24-hour contact information so they can reach the doctor directly should any concerns arise. We are parents too, so we can appreciate how vital it is to take all appropriate precautions.
The Penis Before & After Baby Circumcision
The three images below show the change in your baby boy’s penis brought about by circumcision.
1. A profile of the uncircumcised penis with the foreskin covering the glans (head of the penis).
2. The same penis as in Figure 1 but drawn as if the foreskin was transparent. Here you can see the foreskin in relation to the inner side of the foreskin and the glans. Notice the adhesions along the inner side of the glans. These are present at birth in almost all babies and must be released before the actual circumcision.
3. The same penis following the circumcision. Notice that the cut edge of the skin retracts to just behind the back rim of the glans. This is the site of healing.