View Poll Results: Has your circ'd son had complications?
Yes, my son had major complications 6 3.45%
Yes, my son had minor complications 19 10.92%
Yes, my son had both major AND minor complications 2 1.15%
No, my son did not have any complications 100 57.47%
My son is intact/uncircumcised 50 28.74%
Other (explain) 3 1.72%
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:15 PM   #41
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mamaktee, what you are talking about is care of the penis right after the circ. while it is still healing. What frenchie is talking about is more for after the skin heals. My son is 3.5, has never really had problems with adhesions but his ped did tell us in the begining to pull back the shaft skin at ever diaper change. Even now at 3.5 the ped still says to pull it back from time to time.

I didn't vote because I wasn't sure where you would want this put but the more I read about it the more I suspect the reason I could never get my ds latched on properly was at least in part because of his circ. We never got him to latch on quite right and then a few hours after his birth he was circ'ed and he was sleepy for days after that. After his circ it was nearly impossible to even keep him awake for a feeding. Even with lactation consultants help we couldn't get him to latch. There were other issues going on as well but the circ definitely did not help.

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Old 04-14-2010, 12:29 PM   #42
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mamaktee, what you are talking about is care of the penis right after the circ. while it is still healing. What frenchie is talking about is more for after the skin heals. My son is 3.5, has never really had problems with adhesions but his ped did tell us in the begining to pull back the shaft skin at ever diaper change. Even now at 3.5 the ped still says to pull it back from time to time.

I didn't vote because I wasn't sure where you would want this put but the more I read about it the more I suspect the reason I could never get my ds latched on properly was at least in part because of his circ. We never got him to latch on quite right and then a few hours after his birth he was circ'ed and he was sleepy for days after that. After his circ it was nearly impossible to even keep him awake for a feeding. Even with lactation consultants help we couldn't get him to latch. There were other issues going on as well but the circ definitely did not help.
That is where I am confused...sorry So do you only need to pull back the shaft skin IF there is an adhesion or problem? Or are you supposed to for some reason after the circ heals?

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Old 04-14-2010, 12:51 PM   #43
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That isn't technically a complication. It is actually better for your son in the long run. More and more doctors are doing very loose circumcisions because the more typical "tight circ" can lead to complications and pain in puberty and adulthood. There is just no way to tell how much a child will grown when they are an infant, and if there isn't enough skin to grow into it leads to tight or painfully curved erections and even tearing of the shaft when erect. All that to say that there is a trend towards these looser circs by many Dr's today. So this isn't so much a complication as a difference in practice.
Huh, I never heard that. We def noticed that DS2 must have more skin because it is often "covered" and we have to pull skin back to clean it in the bath. (I only do it when bathing, not every wipe or anything) Ped said to do the same thing. She said it was due to the "fat pad" on his belly that would go away when he is older. That the fat pad was pushing the skin over.

This seemed strange to me b/c DS1 was a fatty too he didn't have this going on. I think he was pretty exposed. Now I am worried about him . Although last time I saw it, he seemed to have a lot of loose skin, so I think it will be ok. TMI I know, but I would feel terrible if he had problems later in life.

But really, no complications at all. I disliked that plasti-bell thing they used now, but no problems.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:08 PM   #44
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"That is where I am confused...sorry So do you only need to pull back the shaft skin IF there is an adhesion or problem? Or are you supposed to for some reason after the circ heals?" mamaktee (sorry I can't seem to find the quote button)

Your supposed to routinely pull back the shaft skin AFTER it's healed to prevent a problem from occurring. By routinely pulling the skin back your preventing the shaft skin from adhering and ultimately reattaching to the head of the penis. At your son's age you should probably still be doing this several times a day. My son had two ped's because we moved from where he was born and the both instructed us to do this.
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"That is where I am confused...sorry So do you only need to pull back the shaft skin IF there is an adhesion or problem? Or are you supposed to for some reason after the circ heals?" mamaktee (sorry I can't seem to find the quote button)

Your supposed to routinely pull back the shaft skin AFTER it's healed to prevent a problem from occurring. By routinely pulling the skin back your preventing the shaft skin from adhering and ultimately reattaching to the head of the penis. At your son's age you should probably still be doing this several times a day. My son had two ped's because we moved from where he was born and the both instructed us to do this.
Hmm...I wonder why neither DS's pedi. or anyone at the hossy never told me this. There was a time period when DS was maybe 2-4mths old that he would get irritated but not at the top near the head, instead at the bottom where it connected to his body...I asked my pedi. about that and she just basically brushed it off. I always just put some cream on it if it was red. It never got any worse than redness. But makes me wonder why she never asked what I did for him or made suggestions. I have NEVER pulled DS's skin back...he actually doesn't have very much loose skin at all...am I going to have issues with this as he gets older?
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:16 PM   #46
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My son is intact, but both my brother (12) and my nephew (11) have had complications.

My brother didn't have issues until about a year ago. His boy parts were always exceptionally tiny though, we just figured it would grow eventually. But when he got older and puberty began, he ended up having to be rushed to the ER one night because his penis hurt and was turning blue. Turns out during his circ as an infact, a band of some kind formed that didn't allow his penis to grow! And it finally just got too tight! He had to have emergency sugery that night and they said if my parents had waited until the morning to get him in, he'd have lost his penis! So scary! AND on top of all that, just 2 months ago he had to have ANOTHER sugery for a completely unrelated reason (unrelated to the first issue that is)! His little pee hole was fusing and he couldn't get urine out. They had to go in and widen it. He's doing okay now and we're praying all his issues are over.

My nephew was just circ'd too tight. As a little boy, when he'd get erections, he's scream and cry because it hurt so bad. They can't do anything for that I don't think, and now that he's bigger I have no idea if it still happens or not, but I'd assume so. I just have no idea what he's going to do eventually... obviously that's a huge issue re: relationships if it doesn't fix itself and I can't imagine that it could.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:19 PM   #47
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Ds has had no complications from his circumcision.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:22 PM   #48
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Wow, circed boys seem like a whole lot more work in general dang, I thought it was supposed to make things easier? I have to say I have known two grown men with rather serious issues (severe pain with erections) and guys with minor issues (scar tissue and hairy shaft), none of their parents know of their issues. Not all complications show up when babies are small.

Tiffer23 I am so sorry for your brother, that sounds so awful!!!!

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We just have an area around the edge of the "helmet". It gets very red and irritated often.
We put aquaphor on it to help.
Right now it is fine, but he could wake up tomorrow and have it all bleeding again.
So sad.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:34 PM   #50
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Who ever did my sons circ, i'm not sure the did it right. he ended up having to have it pulled back, and it caused him some pain, but he got over it vry quickly, and we haven't had a problem since. All we were told to do to care for it was keep it clean, and at ever change put lots of vaseline on gauze and put that on it
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