Types of Circumcision
You would not want to have a cosmetic procedure done to your newborn baby without understanding exactly what was going to happen to him. These videos are important to watch. (If it's hard for you to watch, imagine how hard it is for a newborn to go through.) No matter what kind of pain management is used during a circumcision, your baby will still feel pain. This is not a "little snip." It is a significant loss of purposeful skin.
Note: Stanford School of Medicine videos are helpful in seeing the procedure of circumcision, but the audio is a voice over so you do not hear the baby's screams or see his face.
Injuries Linked to [Mogen] Circumcision Clamps (LA Times)
"There have been numerous reports in recent years of patients being injured by the Mogen clamp, which is much less popular than the other two types of circumcision devices, which are two-part systems that protect the tip of the penis."
A Comparison of the Mogen and Gomco Clamps (Pediatrics-AAP)
"Although considerable controversy exists regarding the medical value of circumcision, the evidence is overwhelming that it is a painful procedure. Multiple studies have shown increased heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR), and stress hormone production, as well as decreased oxygen saturation (SaO2) during circumcision. These are all nonspecific markers associated with stress. Infants also display a specific pattern of facial expression classically associated with pain. Some studies have suggested that in addition to causing immediate pain, circumcision may have consequences that persist beyond the perioperative period."
The Gomco Circumcision (AFP)
"Some of the more common concerns regarding the use of the Gomco clamp are technique-related, including choosing the correct size of the Gomco bell and clamp for the procedure, choosing the right method of getting the foreskin properly through the hole of the Gomco base plate, and assessing how much foreskin to remove."
The Day of the Surgery
"Some doctors will use local anaesthesia, but this is by no means common. Anaesthetic injections will cause the penis to swell, causing pain and making the surgery more difficult. Both injections and topical anaesthetic creams can be dangerous. General anaesthesia is never used on young babies because of the risk of breathing problems."
Plastibell Circumcision (PMC)
"The foreskin is grasped with hemostats at 10 and 2 o’clock positions. A dorsal slit is made after crushing the skin for 5 seconds."