Question & answer1. Do you also perform ritual circumcisions?
Yes, if wish to have your son circumcised due to religious, ritual or hygienic reasons, we will perform the surgery either via general anesthesia or local anesthesia, depending on your sons age. However, insurance does not cover circumcisions that do not involve a phimosis.
There are many pros and cons when it comes to circumcisions- at the end of the day, the decision lies in the hand of the parents and families.
I myself am Persian and therefore I am familiar with certain rituals. I will accompany you through this decision and I will consult you extensively, if you wish so.
We perform circumcisions on infants up to young adults with various techniques. For further information, please make an appointment.
2. Why is my child not allowed to drink or eat anything prior to the surgery?
Anesthesia not only disrupts consciousness, but also disrupts adverse-effects reflexes such as swallowing, coughing etc. There is always the risk that the content of the stomach ends up in the throat, is breathed in or reaches the airways under anesthesia and thus induces pneumonia- these risks are smaller the less content there is in the stomach.
Prior to any general anesthesia, you shouldn’t eat 6 hours and drink 4 hours (Children 2 hours) before the surgery, for your own safety. Even candy, chewing gum or a cigarette will increase gastric juice in your stomach.
3. How strong will the pain be after the surgery?
Pain is impossible to avoid completely after a surgery- however we can palliate to a bearable degree. Depending on which surgery was performed, your child will be getting medication to numb the pain. In order to ensure your child has as little post-op pain as possible, we give them painkillers during the surgery already, at the exact same dosage he or she will be getting after the surgery as well. After the surgery, the dosage of pain medication can be individually adjusted to your child’s needs. Also, we will happily inform you personally about other options, such as local anaesthesia.
4. When is my child allowed to eat and drink again?
Eating and drinking too soon after the surgery, may lead to nausea and vomiting. In your child’s interest, you should wait until a nurse or a doctor tells you that it is ok to give your child some fluids. After surgeries on any abdominal organ, you should follow our individual recommendations.
After regional anesthesia, your child may eat and drink immediately after the surgery.