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Healthy Kids Care Pediatrics at Sunrise

Atousa Ghaneian, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician located in Las Vegas, NV

Many parents have already decided about having their baby circumcised before he is born. But if you’re not sure what to do and you have questions, Atousa Ghaneian, MD, FAAP, at Healthy Kids Care Pediatrics at Sunrise answers your questions, explains the procedure, and helps you make the decision that’s best for you and your baby. In the experienced hands of a top pediatrician like Dr. Atousa, a circumcision only takes a few minutes, and no stitches are needed afterward. To learn more about circumcision, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or request an appointment online today.

Circumcision Q&A

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure to cut away the foreskin, which is the skin covering the tip of your baby boy’s penis.

Most circumcisions are done within the first 10 days after your baby is born and most often during the first 48 hours, either in the hospital or at home during a religious ceremony.

If you choose to have your infant son circumcised, Dr. Atousa explains the procedure and its risks, and talks with you about the type of anesthesia you prefer. After you sign a consent form, she performs the procedure.

Are there benefits to circumcision?

Over your baby’s lifetime, circumcision lowers the risk of getting:

  • HIV
  • Genital herpes
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Syphilis
  • Penile cancer

Circumcised infants also have a 10-times lower risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially during their first year.

How is circumcision performed?

During the procedure. Dr. Atousa places your baby in a plastic seat that holds him safely in place. Then she cleanses the penis and applies the anesthetic. She also gives your baby a pacifier dipped in sugar water called SweetEase™, a technique that reduces the baby’s distress.

Dr. Atousa uses a special instrument called the Gomco clamp, which goes between the penis and foreskin. The device holds the foreskin in place and reduces blood flow to the area while she removes the foreskin.

After the circumcision, she puts petroleum ointment over the penis and wraps it in gauze to keep the wound from sticking to the baby’s diaper.

How do I care for my baby after his circumcision?

You need to keep the penis clean using warm water. Your baby’s penis is sore for a few days, so be careful when bathing or cleaning the penis, and be sure to use gentle products.

For the first day or two, you apply petroleum jelly and a new dressing when you change the baby’s diaper. It takes about 7-10 days for the penis to fully heal. During that time, you should keep applying petroleum jelly even when the dressing isn’t needed.

Call Dr. Atousa right away if you notice:

  • Bleeding
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • A fever
  • Pus

You should also talk with Dr. Atousa if your baby doesn’t urinate within 12 hours after the circumcision.

If you have questions about circumcision, call Healthy Kids Care Pediatrics at Sunrise or book an appointment online today.


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