How Much Does it Cost to Get Circumcised?
A circumcision is a surgical process where the foreskin and the tissue covering the head of the penis is removed. While a majority of these procedures are done right after birth because of tradition as well as doctor’s suggestion, personal hygiene, or preventative health care, there are many adults today who may need the procedure. Although experts say that the benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks of complications, it is still not a mandatory procedure. The cost of circumcision will generally depend upon the geographical location, the age of the patient, and the doctor performing the procedure.
How much is it?
- With most outpatient centers, be prepared to spend anywhere from $800 to as much as $3,000 for circumcision. However, if you have a health insurance policy, be sure to refer to the policy to see if you are covered. If you are looking for a new policy or want to switch, consider browsing through hundreds of policies for free at eHealthInsurance.com.
- For a newborn, most circumcisions will be between $200 and $400 in the hospital.
- Circumcisioncenter.com claims that the average fee for a first-time circumcision is around $2,500. If the foreskin is non-retractable, the fee is as high as $3,000. They also note that they do not accept any sort of insurance.
What is going to be included?
- An OB/GYN will typically perform the procedure on a newborn, while a urologist will perform the procedure on adults.
- During the surgical procedure, the foreskin will be removed from the head of the penis, also known as the glans. This foreskin will be clipped off; for adults, the procedure will take less than one hour. However, for newborns, the procedure can take less than 10 minutes. An injection will often be given at the base of the penis to utilize a short numbing agent. However, patients can also have the procedure done under a general anesthesia. Once the foreskin has been clipped, small, absorbable sutures will be used to close the incisions.
- As for newborns, a circumcision will be done within the first two or three days at the hospital. During this procedure, a numbing cream will be applied. Using a special clamp, the doctor will be able to remove the excess foreskin using a scalpel or scissors.
- The healing process will usually take up to seven days.
- Problems associated with the procedure can include pain, bleeding, irritation and a risk of injury.
What are the extra costs?
- Pain medications will more than likely be prescribed after the procedure. Gauze and petroleum jelly may be needed as well.
- If an adjustment or revision is needed down the road, additional surgery fees can apply.
- Most numbing is done through an injection. If a general anesthesia is needed, this can be an additional $400 to $800 added onto the procedure costs.
Tips to know:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend a routine circumcision procedure. There was not enough evidence to prove benefits. Always talk with your doctor ahead of time to know the risks and benefits.
- There are many benefits of being circumcised, even if it is not done until adulthood:
- Hygiene is a problem with an uncircumcised penis since the area under the foreskin is hard to get to and can become infected.
- Although urinary tract infections are already fairly low in number in males, the chances are reduced even further by becoming circumcised.
- While practicing safe sex is important no matter what, being circumcised can significantly reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
- If the foreskin is left alone, an infection known as phimosis can occur. This causes the tip of the penis to become red and swollen, which can be very painful. Circumcision eliminates this problem.
- There is a lower risk of penile cancer in men who are circumcised, and there is a lower risk of cervical cancer for woman who are sexually active with circumcised rather than uncircumcised males.
- According to a study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 79% of men are circumcised.
- This procedure will not change the size or the sensitivity in the area. After a week, most adults who have had the procedure done cannot tell the difference in terms of size and feeling.
- Circumcision will not affect fertility in a positive or negative way whether it is done as a newborn or an adult.
- Circumcision may not be an option if there are certain blood disorders, or if a premature baby is still requiring medical care.
- To find a qualified urologist in your area, refer to UrologyHealth.org.
How can I save money?
- If you feel uncomfortable with the procedure, talk with a handful of urologists. Most reputable offices will be more than happy to offer a free consultation.
- Try to have the procedure done in an outpatient center rather than a hospital. Local doctor’s offices can cut up to $500 off the bill.