Circumcision in Toronto with the Pollock Technique™
Circumcision in Toronto with the Pollock Technique™Toronto Clinic2018-07-20T09:12:15+00:00
Dr. Neil Pollock
At Gentle Procedures Toronto circumcision clinics, we use the Pollock Technique™ for circumcision procedures.
Our doctor, Dr. Roland Sing, is a Urologist who has been certified in the use of this circumcision technique by Dr. Neil Pollock.
Extensive pain control methods are employed; including Tylenol, sugar solution (which has been shown to reduce pain perception in babies), soothing music, topical freezing cream, and a long acting anesthetic.
The Pollock Technique™ for circumcision makes your son’s comfort a priority. The goal is to perform the circumcision procedure with a minimum of stress for parents and baby – and the same philosophy is applied to adult circumcision procedures.
Is Our Doctor’s Circumcision Method Like Plastibell?
The Pollock Technique™ can be used for babies, boys, and men of all ages, and consists of using a Mogen clamp under long-acting anesthetic. This method is quite different from the Plastibell procedure in that it is faster and there is no device left attached to the penis after the surgery.
Our circumcision doctor performs Pollock Technique™ circumcisions for adult men, and for babies up to 12 months old. The Pollock Technique™ circumcision operation takes only one minute for newborns – and this is 10 times quicker than most hospital circumcisions. This is different from the Plastibell circumcision procedure where an infant circumcision requires 10 minutes to affix the Plastibell device and it remains in place for up to 7 days.
We feel that Pollock Technique™ circumcision is the most effective procedure practiced in Canada today. Only local anesthetic is needed (in infants) and recovery time is relatively fast. Our method is quicker than other procedures, and has proven effective over the past 25 years and 50,000 procedures. This is one of the reasons why so many Toronto doctors refer their patients to our circumcision clinic.
It is best to have finished feeding your son just before bringing him to see the circumcision doctor, so that your baby will not be overly hungry while you are waiting in the office. If your baby is hungry when you arrive, you can feed him at any time during your visit.
Please read on to learn about the multiple steps we will take to minimize your baby’s discomfort during the short infant circumcision procedure. Our doctor will take good care of your son and you will be present the whole time.
You will be at our Toronto circumcision clinic for just over an hour, and we want to make that time as pleasant as possible.
All the following steps are taken to ensure your son has minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Baby Tylenol Just Before You Come to the Clinic
First, give your son Tempra or Tylenol drops (also called acetaminophen) just before you leave home or, if you are traveling a long distance, after you arrive at the clinic. Infant acetaminophen drops usually come in a concentration of 80 mg/1 ml (check the bottle that this is the correct preparation). The proper dose for his weight is shown in the table below.
¾ ml (60 mg)
1 ml (80 mg)
1¼ ml (100 mg)
1½ ml (120 mg)
1¾ ml (140 mg)
2 ml (160 mg)
If you are uncertain of the proper dose after reviewing this, please wait for us to advise you at the clinic and give it there.
Please do not give any other medication besides Tylenol or Tempra (i.e., No Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) because it may increase bleeding time.
Anesthetic Cream to Numb the Skin
In our office, your child will have topical anesthetic applied to his penis. This is an anesthetic cream that numbs the skin. This surface painkiller is the second step we take to minimize discomfort during circumcision. This stays on for 20-30 minutes.
Pain Blocking Injection – Local Anesthetic
Next, once the skin is numb, your son will be given an injection called a dorsal penile ring block into the soft tissue alongside the penis.
Our doctors use a combination block of both short and long acting anesthetic. This provides comfort and coverage for both the procedure and for hours after.
Since the topical anesthetic has already numbed the skin, the injection is hardly felt. After 7-8 minutes, the penis is “frozen”, and the circumcision can be done.
Sugar Pacifier During the Brief Circumcision Operation
During the injections and the circumcision, your son will receive a sugar pacifier to suck on. Ten minutes after the injection, the penis is fully desensitized and the circumcision can be done.
During the circumcision soothing music is played, room temperature is increased and your son may continue to receive sugar pacifiers to suck on for additional comfort. Studies show that the sweet flavours distract babies and reduce their perception of pain.
Caring Team Always Available
Although the circumcision takes about one minute, we request that you be in the clinic for about one hour in total, so that we can carefully review with you all post procedure care and answer your questions before you take your child home.
As parents ourselves, we understand that safety concerns are always number one. For your peace of mind, Doctor Sing will be reachable 24 hours a day. All clients are given our 24-hour contact information so they can reach the doctor directly should any concerns arise.
Please also see the Post Circumcision information in the second half of the Baby Circumcision page on this site.
The Penis Before & After Baby Circumcision
The three images below show the change in your baby boy’s penis brought about by circumcision.
1. A profile of the uncircumcised penis with the foreskin covering the glans (head of the penis).
2. The same penis as in Figure 1 but drawn as if the foreskin was transparent. Here you can see the foreskin in relation to the inner side of the foreskin and the glans. Notice the adhesions along the inner side of the glans. These are present at birth in almost all babies and must be released before the actual circumcision.
3. The same penis following the circumcision. Notice that the cut edge of the skin retracts to just behind the back rim of the glans. This is the site of healing.
Our Circumcision Method and Pain Control Approach
The Pollock Technique™ used by Dr. Sing is based on the Mogen technique. This technique is known for its quickness and safety. In conjunction with this method, our circumcision doctor uses the most complete and extensive pain control methods available. This ensures that your son will feel little or no pain at all. The objective of the Pollock Technique™ is to minimize stress on the infant and family via maximum pain control and a quick and simple procedure.
Methods used by other Toronto circumcision doctors
Gentle Procedures Clinic uses the Pollock Technique™ for all circumcisions. Other doctors and clinics use other techniques, and here are examples of the more common methods used by physicians at other clinics or circumcision providers in the GTA and beyond. We mention just two of the more common alternate methods here and this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of circumcision types.
The Gomco Clamp – Not used at Gentle Procedures Toronto
This is the most common technique used by general practice physicians who are not specialized in circumcision. It requires much longer to perform and involves more tissue handling. The technique involves compression of the foreskin for five minutes prior to incision.
The clamp is left in place long enough to allow clotting to occur, then the foreskin is removed using a scalpel. The clamp’s base and bell are then removed from the penis. The clamp itself must be rigorously sterilized prior to surgical use. Gentle Procedures Clinic does not use this method.
The Plastibell – Not used at Gentle Procedures Toronto
With this technique, the baby must go home with a small plastic device tied on to his penis that allows the foreskin to desiccate over subsequent days. This is also a lengthier procedure to perform. Our opinion is that there is no need to introduce a surgical device that stays on the baby’s penis for up to a week.
The Plastibell Circumcision Device is a clear plastic ring with a deep groove. The Plastibell is placed onto the head of the penis during a 10-minute surgical procedure, and the device will fall off within a week. Gentle Procedures Clinic does not use this method.