Understanding Circumcision Risks
Circumcisions, for centuries, have been commonly performed in the U.S. and around the world. Thankfully, complications associated with this procedure are rare. While problems may not be likely after a newborn baby has been circumcised, there are some risks involved. Here’s what you need to know.
Common Complications and Risks of Circumcision
There are three methods of circumcision: the Gomco clamp, the Mogen clamp, the plastibell, and free-hand circumcisions. The following are the most common risks and complications associated with these procedures:
- Bleeding: Bleeding is typically mild after a successful circumcision, however, excessive bleeding is a cause for concern and should be addressed immediately.
- Infections: Circumcisions, like any other medical procedure, should be performed under sterile conditions. Since newborns are immunocompromised, a procedure should be performed without proper sterilization can cause a serious infection such as meningitis, necrosis, gangrene, or sepsis.
- Insufficient foreskin removal: When circumcision is done correctly, the foreskin is removed to where the glans is exposed. If too little skin is removed, the unremoved foreskin can slide back over the glans and scar. Surgical repair may be necessary to avoid further complications such as a webbed penis, inguinal hernia, or large hydroceles.
- Excessive foreskin removal: If too much skin is removed, it may be treated with wound care and heal, however, in the most severe cases, skin grafting may be necessary.
- Inclusion cysts: During the healing process, inclusions cysts may appear along the cut edge. Inclusions cysts may be caused by smegma accumulation in the incision. When inclusion cysts become infected, surgical excision may be needed to remove it.
What to do if Your Baby’s Circumcision Goes Wrong
Surgical errors during circumcision can cause a baby to suffer complications. Before any surgical procedure is performed on your baby, you should be warned about the risks and disadvantages of the procedure — and when healthcare providers fail to do so, it can be considered a form of medical malpractice. If your baby was harmed in circumcision and medical professionals did not perform a circumcision with a standard of care, you may be able to sue for your child’s injuries.
The Beasley Firm has recovered millions in verdicts and settlements against healthcare providers negligently performing circumcisions on children and adults.
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If your baby was injured due to medical negligence, you have the right to receive compensation. The Beasley Firm, LLC has secured record-breaking settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, and we want to help you seek justice and move forward after a difficult time.
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