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Are there any complications that can happen during a circumcision?

Circumcision is a very safe surgical procedure. However, any surgery can have complications.

For a circumcision, complications can include:

  • Bleeding. Any bleeding more that a quarter in diameter should be evaluated by your child’s doctor.
  • Infection. A yellow coating over the head of the penis is normal, but if you see pus or increasing redness on your son’s penis or if he develops a fever of over 100.4, he needs to be seen.
  • Trauma to the penis. If your baby doesn’t urinate in the first 8 hours after the circumcision, seek medical attention right away.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

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