Until recently, circumcision of male infants was considered to be strictly a cosmetic, elective procedure mainly driven by cultural factors such as traditional family practices or religious beliefs. Evidence has recently confirmed that there are enough medical benefits to justify male circumcision.
Because risks are minimal in the newborn period, most families requesting this procedure elect to have it done before the infant is discharged from the hospital. Hibiscus Women’s Center physicians use local anesthesia and usually perform circumcisions the day of discharge, or sooner if the infant has been cleared his physician.
Most pediatricians also offer circumcision of male newborns in their offices. Most insurances cover elective male circumcision.