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Besides being a most fundamental religious requirement for Muslims, Jews & some Christians, circumcision also has huge health benefits.

• Circumcision improves the hygiene and cleanliness of the penis.
• Circumcision reduces the risk of getting balanopothitis & balanitis (inflammation of foreskin and glans).
• Circumcision decreases the risk of HIV (AIDs) in men.
• Circumcision eliminates the risks of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin during an erection) and paraphimosis (the inability to relax the foreskin after an erection).

• Circumcision reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.

When done professionally by a qualified & experienced specialist, complications are very rare, so circumcision poses no significant risk at all.

Most certainly! The circumcision is performed as Sharia Law prescribes. Indeed many Muslims prefer this traditional manner of circumcision in line with the traditions of Islam, as opposed to the modern Plastibell/ring method.

Circumcision is a specialist area which doctors are not trained for. In fact, doctors & paediatricians use our services for their own children!
The following is a quote from the The Memoirs of Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone, “A Sparrow’s Flight“, (written by Quintin Hogg, Baron, Published by London William Collins & Sons Ltd 1990) Chapter 1:

My mother, who had strong views on certain subjects, saw to it that I was immediately circumcised by a doctor. One would think that, even then, this was a fairly simple operation, but for some reason it was not completely or immediately successful. It had to be done again when I was nearly ready for my private school. I was not told that it was going to be done; no anaesthetic was administered; I was just laid across the doctor’s knees and recircumcised (if there is such a word). I still remember the pain, the blood, and my sense of total betrayal by the adult world. My younger brother, Neil, benefited by my misfortune. Deciding in future to trust only specialists in the matter, my mother engaged the services of a Rabbi to do the job on him, and this functionary, whatever his description, was entirely successful. 

Unfortunately, this service is not routinely provided on the NHS.
There are a few private hospitals which offer the service but expect to pay in excess of £700! As an example, check out the price in The Portland Hospital here: http://www.theportlandhospital.com/uploads/children/the-baby-circumcision-clinic.pdf and HCA hospitals here: http://www.hcahospitals.co.uk/mobile/patient-information/pricing/circumcision-newborn-babies/.
London Baby Circumcisions will provide the service in the comfort of your own home, at a fraction of the cost.

Firstly, it is much more convenient to have it done in the comfort & privacy of your own home – no travelling, no waiting around and privacy to nurse your baby before & after the circumcision. Secondly, a clinic is visited by many babies & their families, each bringing with them their own germs & viruses. It is a known fact that many viruses are contracted in hospitals & clinics. The safest place for a healthy baby is in his own home where he is already acclimatized to his surroundings. Thirdly, by and large, the circumcision clinics all use the Plastibell method – which is not recommended; see “Why should I avoid doing a circumcision using the Plastibell/ring method” question.

The procedure for the Plastibell method is as follows: First one has to inject A FEW TIMES into the base of the penis. A probe & a haemostat are then used to detach the foreskin from the glans. Once that is done, using a scissors one makes a dorsal cut straight down the foreskin all the way to the base of the glans. The Plastibell ring is then forced down, in between the foreskin and the glans. After pulling the foreskin back up, a ligature (a type of string) is tied VERY TIGHTLY on the outer side of the foreskin, CRUSHING it in between the ring & the ligature and blocking any further blood circulation. Once the ring is tightly in place, using a scissors the foreskin is cut slowly all the way round just above the ring. Finally the handle of the ring is broken off leaving the baby with the ring around his penis, tied very tightly by the ligature. You can watch the whole procedure here.
This procedure requires painful injections, takes approximately 15 minutes (!) and it leaves the baby with a plastic ring tied TIGHTLY on his penis, normally for a week or more!
So why is the Plastibell method not recommended?
• It requires painful injections.
• The procedure takes around 15 minutes as opposed to a minute or two.
• Since the area goes through a lot of trauma and a ligature remains in place crushing the foreskin, once the anaesthetic wears off, the baby can be in a lot of pain.
• The baby is left with a plastic ring & ligature firmly attached to his penis, often for as long as a week or more, which can be uncomfortable and could be an invitation to infection.
• The ring doesn’t always fall off on its own and further surgery could be required to remove it.
• Once the ring eventually falls off, the foreskin sometimes grows back onto the glans (above the corona) meaning that further surgery could be required to re-expose the glans.

Although the whole appointment lasts about an hour, the actual procedure is very quick – usually only a minute or two. This is one of the reasons that this method of circumcision is much preferred to the Plastibell/ring method which takes as long as 15 minutes!

Yes – a topical anaesthetic is used to numb the area. No injection is given since an injection is usually more painful than the whole circumcision.

No! With this method of circumcision, no stitching is required – the wound heals beautifully on its own.

Yes. He will have plenty of padding over the penis area so holding him normally should not cause him any pain.

Babies usually go back to normal within minutes after the circumcision. Since the penis is well protected and padded, there is no reason why he should be in any pain provided the aftercare instructions are followed.

Since the dressing is removed after only a few minutes, the healing starts immediately, taking 7-10 days to heal fully – and normally no longer than 2 weeks. During this time your baby should not be in any pain.

The aftercare is very straightforward. It just involves using gauzes & vaseline. It will all be explained to you following the circumcision & you will be given written aftercare instructions to refer to. Additionally, for 24 hours following the circumcision you are able to call AT ANY TIME for any questions or aftercare advice, so you are never on your own!

For the first 24 hours following the circumcision, it is recommended that you DON’T bath him. After 24 hours you can & SHOULD bath him. It is recommended that you give him a bath daily for the 2 weeks following the circumcision.

First the baby is weighed to ensure that he is fit to undergo a circumcision. He is then given a measured dose of paracetamol, orally. A topical anaesthetic is applied to numb the area. Using a special shield, the foreskin is isolated from the glans and in one second the foreskin is removed using a single-use sterile scalpel. A coagulating dressing is applied for only a few minutes, after which it is removed and no further dressings need to be used, leaving the circumcised penis free of any uncomfortable bandages, rings or ligatures.

Most certainly! I am in regular contact with the parents in the hours following the circumcision & I am contactable for any questions or aftercare advice at any time of day or night for 24 hours afterwards.

Provided the baby is healthy, the best age is from 1 week to 1 month old. At this age he feels less, he is less aware & the healing is much faster. Although circumcision can be done at any age, one should try to get it done within the first 3 months.

Once you return from the hospital you should call so that you will be able to get an appointment when the baby is in his second or third week.

You will normally be able to get an appointment within a week. During busier periods you shouldn’t have to wait longer than 2 weeks.

You can call 9:30am-11pm Sunday to Thursday and 9:30am-5pm on Friday. On Saturday you can send a text message or leave a voice message & your call/message will normally be returned in the evening.

Yes, I can do appointments on Sunday – that way you won’t have to take off work for the circumcision.

All the necessary supplies are provided. The only thing you need to get is a large (250ml) tub of vaseline. It is useful to have a bottle of baby oil at home but it is not actually required for the circumcision.

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Thank you so much for your services. I am very happy to have chosen you for my son circumcision. You’ve done a great job and our son was fine through out. The whole process has been great and the procedure looks perfect. I will make sure to recommend your services to all my friends.

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Suleiman
London

Thanks for a excellent home visit service thanks for explaining the procedure to us and for sticking around to check the baby after the circumcision. And also for checking on us every hour to see how baby is doing. You sound very professional, we would highly recommend you to our friends and family.

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Abbey Wood

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Luton

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