General Anesthesia for Baby?

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General Anesthesia for Baby?
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Sun, 01-29-2012 - 11:55am
My son was not circumcised before leaving the hospital. I had triplets (he's the only boy) so they spent some time in the NICU. He was in for 6 weeks and during that time not a single dr or nurse asked if I wanted the procedure done, and since I was focused on his overall health it never crossed my mind to ask. DH and I both wanted him circumcised but now I'm here with an almost 4 month old who hasn't had it done yet.

We had a consultation on Friday to have it done and was informed that he would have to be put under general anesthesia because of his age. This terrifies me to no end. On one hand I absolutely want him circumcised but on the other I'm having trouble justifying it under such invasive (IMO) circumstances. DH is deployed so we can't really talk extensively about it, but he is leery of the general anesthesia too. I feel like the risks of GA may outweigh the benefits of the circumcision but if I don't do it now I worry about needing it later or my son wanting it or wishing we had done it.

Has anyone had a circ done on a non-newborn but still a baby? Was GA used? What was recovery like? I'm waiting on a call to schedule the appointment which could be as soon as February or up to a couple months out...the older he gets the more anxiety this gives me. Thoughts?
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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 12:25pm
Hi Kim, it's good to see you! While I can't give you any first hand experience with circumcising at a later age, I can share some insight that I hope helps.

When my oldest was 10 months old, we had to put him under GA so he could get tubes put in his ears. I remember how terrifying it was to do it, but they had him under for a very short amount of time (15-20 minutes), and he did just fine.

To contrast, two of my boys had to undergo surgery for undescended testicles when they were 9 & 7 (still can't believe we missed it for that long). Although we are talking about a totally different procedure, the whole experience was much more stressful on them because they knew what was going on. I also think the recovery time was much harder on the 9 yo than the 7 yo.

I can understand why you are worried about the risks, in our case all of the surgeries were necessary at that point in time. What type of doctor are you consulting with, is it a pediatric urologist?

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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 12:52pm
Hey Melissa! My online time is pretty much nonexistent but one of these days I'll find a few minutes to get back on the boards...I miss everyone!

Yes, he's seeing a pediatric urologist at the children's hospital. I kind of knew he'd have to have GA but having it confirmed freaked me out. I know there are risks with anything, even driving in the car, but I'm so torn because this is a voluntary procedure. I absolutely want him circumcised and if we don't do it I'll feel even more guilty, especially if he wants it later. DH's first reaction when I emailed about it was "absolutely not," but we talked on the phone yesterday and we both know it's the best thing so I know we'll do it, I just can't get this sinking feeling to go away.
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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 1:37pm
I bet those babies keep your days pretty filled! I totally understand why you are torn, I would be also. (((HUGS)))

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Thu, 02-02-2012 - 8:00pm

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Thu, 02-02-2012 - 8:12pm
Thank you for yor input. This is a decision we have thought long about which is why I came to the circ support board with my questions.

I talked to pedi yesterday and she's supportive of the recommendations at Children's Hospital but understands my reservations. She had initially referred me to a different dr but they don't take our insurance. She said this dr will do it under local up to 13lbs and little man is barely over 12 so I may be calling tomorrow to find out what oop would be. I talked to DH and we both have agreed to go forward with it either way because having it done now is important to us. I guess with every decision we'll always question ourselves.
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Fri, 02-03-2012 - 4:52am

Hi Kim

I'm from the UK. Our National Health Service (NHS) is tax funded and free for all who need it and used by 90% of the population. Unfortunately they won't circumcise boys on parental request and do them only if there is medical need, but when this happens, they insist on putting them under GA.

This is totally unnecessary and proved by those who have to use the services of specialist private clinics if they want their boys circumcised for non medical reasons; (These are folks like yourselves who want it done for personal family preference, religion or cultural or confirmed belief in the lifetime health benefits circumcision provides.)

Whatever the age of their patients; babies, boys or adults, almost all these private clinics use only local anaesthetic (LA) - lidocaine injection at the base of the penis and thus manage this simple surgery pain free. The actual circumcision takes only a few minutes and parents are often on their way home within an hour of arrival. They only have to wait for the dressing, to be sure there is no excessive bleeding and that the boy can urinate properly.

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Fri, 02-03-2012 - 12:35pm
Thanks for the insight Tony. This is why it's so upsetting to me that nobody talked to us about it before he was released from the NICU because it would be done and no worries. I'm still waiting to hear back so once we have everything confirmed and done I'll report back on how it went.
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Fri, 02-03-2012 - 7:36pm

Sorry if the post that pulled was a problem i was try to say you have options that all. but sound like know all that and you are doing ok if need any i know I village have the bourd for you and i,m not trying to bea

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Fri, 02-03-2012 - 9:06pm
I didn't flag your post, didn't know it was pulled until just now. :-) I appreciate your input and will definitely take all of my options into consideration.
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