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What complications are possible from circumcision?

Complications are rare; the frequency varies with the skill and experience of the doctor, and are infrequent in our practice.


  • Significant post-op bleeding (1 in 400)
  • Phimosis or narrowing of the shaft skin opening over the head of the penis (1 in 500)
  • Buried or trapped penis in the abdomen (1 in 800)
  • Infection requiring antibiotics (1 in 1000)
  • Meatal stenosis or narrowing of the urethra (1 in 1000)
  • Sub-optimal cosmetic result (1 in 500)
  • Trauma to head of the penis (never occurred in this practice)
  • More serious complications including death (never occurred in this practice).
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