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Comfortable circumcisions in OttawaDr. Akil is an experienced family physician who has performed over 4000 circumcision procedures and is dedicated to providing the highest level of comfort for you and your son.

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Questions About Circumcision

  • Are there benefits to circumcision?
    Some of the benefits of circumcisions are:
    • Increased hygiene
    • Reduction in HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
    • Reduction in Penile Inflammation and Retractile Disorders
    • Reduction in Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
    • Reduction in Risk of Some Cancers
  • Do all doctors use the same circumcision method?

    No, a few of the other methods used are Gomco Clamp and Plastibell.

  • Do I need a doctor's referral to book an appointment with Dr. Akil?

    No, a referral is not necessary to schedule an appointment with Dr. Akil.

  • What complications are possible from circumcision?

    Some of the possible complications that can occur with circumcisions are:

    • Bleeding
    • Inadequate skin removal
    • Infection
    • Adhesions
    • Trauma to the penis
    • Scarring
    • Keloid
    • Phimosis
  • What is the ideal age to perform a circumcision?

    Since newborn babies are less aware and local freezing is more effective, Dr. Akil recommends performing circumcisions within the first month of life, preferably within the first week or two.

  • Will the operation hurt my baby?

    While newborns are not likely to remember anything about circumcision, focusing on pain prevents babies from experiencing trauma.

    To reduce pain in newborns, Dr. Akil will give an anesthetic known as lidocaine. As an option, (with the parent's permission), newborns are provided a pacifier dipped in a concentration of sugar water, which research shows minimizes discomfort. We also offer a soothing, musical environment, which research also has shown to relax babies.

    After the procedure, parents can give their babies acetaminophen (infant Tylenol) to alleviate any discomfort after circumcision every 4-6 hrs according to the child weight as needed for discomfort for 3-5 days. Combined, each of these techniques allows your newborn to experience a virtually pain-free recovery.

  • What is buried penis?

    A buried or hidden penis is partially or completely buried beneath the scrotum or excess skin or fat in the pubic area. A buried penis is of normal size and function.

    This is often congenital or due to an excess amount of pubic fat around the penis that pushes the skin upwards and covers the head of the penis. This is not due to excess foreskin.

    Buried penis can resolve as the child gets older. This is very common among morbidly obese men.

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