In most cases, the price of a circumcision falls somewhere in the range of $250 and $400. The total price is typically broken down into two parts: one for the actual procedure, and another for the time spent by the medical professional.
The foreskin that sits at the end of the penis is surgically removed during the circumcision procedure. Because of religious, cultural, or social expectations, some parents choose to have their sons circumcised. Some parents opt not to circumcise their children because they believe it is not required for their child’s health. It is up to you to make a decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend performing circumcision on all newborn boys as a matter of routine practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), on the other hand, believes that the preventive health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks associated with the procedure. The hospital or the clinic are both acceptable locations for performing circumcisions. The procedure will be carried out by a pediatrician or a family medicine doctor.
The procedure known as circumcision is completely voluntary. Because of this, it is possible that your insurance provider will not cover the cost of having this procedure done.
Before the procedure, it is essential that you contact your insurance provider in order to verify that you are covered for it.
In most cases, the price of a circumcision falls somewhere in the range of $250 and $400. The total price is typically broken down into two parts: one for the actual procedure, and another for the time spent by the health care provider.
The amount that you will be responsible for paying out of pocket will be established based on the insurance benefits you receive.
There will be an additional fee incurred for the use of hospital resources (such as a nurse, procedure room, and circumcision kit) if the procedure is carried out within the healthcare facility. This charge will appear on the hospital bill for your newborn child. The price will be in the range of $235 to $375. However, before the procedure, you should check with your insurance provider to make sure that you will not incur any additional out-of-pocket expenses as a result of this charge.
This procedure can be paid for in two different ways.
Insurance. It is possible that your insurance may pay
for part of the cost and you will have to pay for the rest.
Your insurance company may require prior authorization
before the procedure will be covered.
Self-pay: You will be sent a bill after the procedure.
Many Allina health clinics offer prepayment plans and
discounts. If you would like more information about this
option, please ask a member of the clinic staff. If needed,
Allina Health hospitals may be able to offer self-pay
discounts or payment programs. Call 1-800-859-5077
for more information.
The health benefits of circumcision include:
slightly lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection
during the first year of life (This risk is already low.)
lower risk of getting cancer of the penis over a lifetime
(This is rare cancer.)
much lower risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases,
including genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV)
much lower risk of getting HIV (the virus that causes AIDS)
reduced risk of cervical cancer in sexual partners
prevention of infections in the foreskin
prevention of an uncommon condition that makes it
impossible to retract (pull back) the foreskin (also known
easier genital hygiene.
There are risks of complications (problems) from the
procedure. Although they are not common, they include:
cutting the foreskin too short or too long
The foreskin protects the tip of the penis. Without it, the tip
can become irritated. This can make the opening of the penis
too small. In rare cases, surgery is needed to fix this problem.
A circumcision is painful. A local anesthetic (medicine) will
be used during the procedure to numb the area. This is safe
and reduces both pain and stress.
Your son may also be given acetaminophen to help with
the pain. Some infants are extra tired after the procedure.
They also may not feed as well or as often for up to 24 hours
after the procedure.
You will need to provide special care to the penis until it is
Completely cover the tip of the penis with petroleum
jelly after each diaper change. Continue this for a full
day (24 hours) after you no longer see bloody drainage
in the diaper.
Look at the tip of the penis each time you change his
diaper. If there is any new bleeding, new or increased
swelling, foul-smelling drainage, or reddened skin on the
shaft of the penis, call your baby’s health care provider.
(A yellowish-white film will appear on the tip of the penis
until the healing is complete. This is normal.)
Do not use baby wipes until the tip of the penis
Give your son a sponge bath until the penis has healed.
This can take from 7 to 20 days.
Some health care providers use a circumcision device called
a plastibell. This is a plastic ring that is placed under the
foreskin and secured. It will fall off in 5 to 8 days. This kind
of circumcision needs the same kind of care except do not
put petroleum jelly or ointment on the tip of the penis.
Ask your health care provider for recommendations and
advice about any other treatment or procedure.
If you choose not to have your baby circumcised, his penis
needs no special care. Simply wash the genital area with
soap and water during his bath. Do not force the foreskin
back. This can cause bleeding, pain and possibly scarring.
As he grows, the foreskin will loosen on its own. This can
take 3 or more years. As your son grows and the foreskin
can be pulled back, he can then be taught how to care for
When To Call Your Baby’s Health Care Provider
Problems with circumcision are rare. However, call your
baby’s health care provider right away if there is:
bleeding that doesn’t stop
new or increased swelling
a foul-smelling drainage
redness on the shaft of the penis
redness at the tip of the penis that seems to be
In addition, if your baby is circumcised after he leaves the
hospital, call your baby’s health care provider if he doesn’t
urinate normally within 12 hours after the circumcision