Frequently Asked Questions
Baltimore Home Circumcision was founded to provide the best possible circumcision experience for you and your son. Our highly trained and certified professionals specialize in performing a swift and professional procedure, with a focus on minimizing pain and encouraging parent participation. We believe that the best place for a baby to be is at home.
Is it better to perform a circumcision at home or in the hospital?
It is absolutely better to have this procedure done at home. The actual procedure is less painful, quicker, and more aesthetically pleasing than a hospital circumcision.
After a hospital circumcision a clamp will remain attached to the baby for about 5 days. With a home circumcision healing is well under way within 24 hours.
We do not strap down our patients during the procedure.
We welcome parent participation and follow parents' guidance and preferences.
What is the best age to perform a circumcision?
We usually try to perform a circumcision when the patient is about 1 or 2 weeks old. However, a circumcision can be performed by our staff as long as the patient is under nine months of age. If your baby is older, we are able to refer you to a colleague who performs home circumcisions at an older age.
Do you use anesthesia?
Yes, our policy is to use a topical local anesthetic ( a numbing cream).
Although some advocate injecting Novocain, we do not advise injecting powerful drugs into an infant, and have had very satisfactory results with numbing creams.
How long does the procedure take?
Less than half a minute! Between setting up, getting a feel for the patient's medical history, doing a post-op observation, as well as showing parents how to care for their son, each home visit can take up to an hour.
Do you require a vitamin K injection?
No, that is not necessary.
A baby must meet the following medical criteria to undergo a circumcision.
A: The current weight should be above the birth weight.
B: There should not be any major health issues
Do you apply suction to the wound after a circumcision?
No, that is not necessary
How long is the recovery time?
Your son should be back to normal within 48 hours. There may be a scab over the wound, which will heal in about a week.
How much do you charge? Do you accept insurance?
A home circumcision is usually not covered by insurance, but it usually depends who is processing your claim. Some insurances may view a home circumcision as an out of pocket procedure and reimburse accordingly. After you submit the appointment form, an associate will contact you to discuss pricing and set a date.