What the Decision Comes Down To
Circumcision has clear health and hygiene benefits but these same benefits should also be achievable through good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. Circumcision is low-risk but it complications can still come out of the procedure. Most experts are at least moderately in favor of circumcision but the beliefs and opinions of the families prevail over everything else. "The medical benefits alone may not outweigh these other considerations for individual families," explained Blank in her email. This procedure has been around for centuries and its history has imbued it with meaning beyond its effect on health.
Whether the reasons behind this decision are ethical, cultural, religious, or medical, there is one last important piece of advice to factor in: It is best, medically, if parents make the decision about whether or not to circumcise within two months of their child being born. After that, the child may require general anesthesia, which is far riskier than the local anesthesia used for younger patients. This choice can be a difficult thing to rush but Kolon says it's much more difficult for everyone involved if that deadline passes.