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The foreskin is the name of the hood of skin that covers the head of the penis. Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the foreskin.

Approximately 60% of boys are circumcised soon after birth in the United States each year. Reasons for circumcision vary, based on religious beliefs, hygienic concerns, or cultural or social reasons. In most cases, circumcision is performed within the first 10 days of birth, either in the hospital or at home for religious purposes. Circumcisions performed after this period are more complicated and may require general anesthesia. Hospital circumcisions are performed by Dr. Ayalon before you bring your baby home for the first time. Before surgery can begin, Dr. Ayalon will alert you to possible risks that can occur.

In certain cases, Dr. Ayalon may need to delay or refuse the procedure. These cases include premature babies who have special medical concerns and may not be able to be circumcised until they’re ready to leave the hospital. Babies born with physical abnormalities may eventually need the foreskin for part of a reconstructive operation.