Circumcision in children

In a conventional circumcision, the foreskin of the penis is surgically removed. Due to problems with the medical device, circumcision of infants up to 4 weeks by means of a Plastibell ring or Gomco clamp is no longer possible.

For circumcisions from the age of 12 months, there is a close collaboration with the urology department of the Heilig Hart Leuven Regional Hospital.

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Paediatric urology


In addition to traditions and cultural habits, there are also medical reasons why circumcision is performed:

In children

  • Recurring problems urinating
  • Infections of the urinary tract
  • Skin problems causing scarring

From puberty onwards

  • When the foreskin cannot be slid over the glans without difficulty.
  • In case of problems with the foreskin during erections.


  • On the day of your appointment, make sure to arrive an hour before the actual appointment. This leaves sufficient time to prepare your child's record. 
  • Have your child registered at the registration desk in the reception hall. Once your child is registered, you will be given a QR code and instructions on how to get to the urology department.  
  • At the urology department, you need to sign your child in at the scan point with the QR code you received. 
  • When it is your turn, your child will be examined by the doctor and you will be given all necessary information. 
  • In consultation with you, the doctor will set a date for the circumcision. 

The circumcision will not take place during the consultation. During the consultation a date will be set for the circumcision in the surgical day hospital. 



The day before the planned surgery, we will call you in the course of the afternoon. During that call you will be told at what time you need to be in the hospital the following day. We will also tell you as of when your child is no longer allowed to eat or drink. 



The procedure will be performed under general anaesthetic, supplemented by local anaesthetic. 


In conventional circumcisions, the foreskin is surgically detached from the glans and shortened. The skin is then sutured or glued behind the edge of the glans.

Duration of the procedure: approximately 30 minutes


  • A bandage will be applied. This will need to stay on 1 to 2 days.
  • After 1 to 2 days you can remove the bandage. From then onwards: 
    • For the next 2 weeks, daily apply vaseline or baby oil to the glans. 
    • Your child is allowed to take a shower or bath again.
  • On the fifth day after the surgery,  there will be the most swelling. This will pass spontaneously.
  • The first couple of weeks, the glans will be hypersensitive, but this feeling will go away spontaneously. 


2 weeks after the circumcision you'll come to the consultation with your child for a check-up of the wound. We set a date for this on the day of the circumcision, before you go back home. 


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Last edit: 14 May 2024