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Circumcision services offered in Joplin, MO

Nearly 60% of newborn boys undergo circumcision shortly after birth. With a skilled team of pediatric specialists, Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri has the necessary training to perform circumcision procedures at their state-of-the-art office in Joplin, Missouri. The friendly, compassionate team takes a conservative approach to care that ensures the best outcome for your child. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin, which covers the head of the penis. While some men do choose to undergo the procedure as adults, most circumcisions take place during infancy, usually within a baby’s first month of life. 

Circumcision is a personal choice for parents. Many parents choose circumcision for religious or cultural reasons, while others believe a circumcised penis is more hygienic than an uncircumcised one. The team at Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri works with you to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of circumcision for your child.

What are the benefits of circumcision?

Circumcision lowers a child’s risk of many chronic conditions and skin concerns. The procedure may lower your child’s risk of developing:


  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Penile infections
  • Inflammation or irritation
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Penile cancer

When performed within a baby’s first few weeks of life, circumcision rarely requires anesthesia. The healing period usually takes about 7-10 days.

Are there risks associated with circumcision?

Like any surgical procedure, circumcision does carry a few risks, such as:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Pain
  • Too little or too much skin removed

Some men also feel like circumcision reduces sensitivity in the tip of the penis once they reach adulthood. Partnering with an experienced medical provider to perform your child’s circumcision is one of the simplest steps you can take to reduce these uncommon side effects.

How do I care for my child after circumcision?

Caring for your child after circumcision depends on their age. You should gently clean the area with warm water and mild soap, but avoid using diaper wipes. While the team may recommend sponge baths as the treatment site heals, newborn babies should only have one once their umbilical cord falls off completely.

When changing your baby’s diaper, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the penis to minimize friction and discomfort. Contact the team immediately if you notice any lingering redness, swelling, discharge, or blood after the 10-day mark.

Call Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about circumcision.