Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 333–338

Newborn circumcision outcomes: Are parents satisfied with the results?

  • Jennifer J. Freeman
  • Ariel U. Spencer
  • Robert A. Drongowski
  • Cosmas J. M. Vandeven
  • Barbara Apgar
  • Daniel H. Teitelbaum
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00383-013-3430-5

Cite this article as:
Freeman, J.J., Spencer, A.U., Drongowski, R.A. et al. Pediatr Surg Int (2014) 30: 333. doi:10.1007/s00383-013-3430-5

Abstract

Background/purpose

Although physician-reported complications following circumcision are very low, parental satisfaction is not well documented. This study examined parental opinions and compared these with those of the medical professional.

Methods

Physicians independently assessed complications and cosmetic outcome following the circumcision. Six weeks post-circumcision, parental report of complications, cosmetic outcome, and overall satisfaction were assessed.

Results

Newborn infants (n = 710) were prospectively recruited and underwent either a Gomco [n = 552 (78 %)] or Plastibell® [n = 158 (22 %)] circumcision. Physician assessed complication rates were equivalent (Gomco 4.3 % versus Plastibell 5.1 %; p = 0.67), however, parental assessment found a much lower complication rate for Gomco 5.6 % versus Plastibell 12.0 % (p < 0.001). There was no difference between who performed the procedure nor between the techniques in regards to parental rating of overall satisfaction (excellent/good: Gomco 96.9 % versus Plastibell 95.6 %, p = 0.45). However, perceived post-operative pain as scored by parents was significantly higher in patients undergoing Plastibell procedure (6.4 % too much pain) versus Gomco (2.7 %; p = 0.05). Gomco accounted for 72.7 % of parental cosmetically unsatisfactory cases.

Conclusions

Clinicians and parents differed considerably in terms of opinion of cosmetic outcome and occurrence of post-operative complications. This study emphasizes the need for clinicians to better understand and address parental concerns before and after circumcision.

Keywords

Circumcision Redundant foreskin Post-operative hemorrhage Parental satisfaction 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer J. Freeman
    • 1
  • Ariel U. Spencer
    • 1
  • Robert A. Drongowski
    • 1
  • Cosmas J. M. Vandeven
    • 2
  • Barbara Apgar
    • 3
  • Daniel H. Teitelbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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