Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring other children to the appointment?
Yes you can. The appointment will last approximately 1.5 hours. Please bring snacks and toys/books/games/downloaded shows to keep them occupied. The Wi-Fi password can be found in the reception area. (Unfortunately, due to Covid, other children are not allowed in the clinic. Hopefully we will be able to resume our regular practice in the near future)
Do I need to stay in the room for the procedure?
Although it is helpful to have a parent in the room for the procedure, we understand if this is too difficult. Please let us know if you would like to leave the room for the circumcision.
Will my baby cry during the circumcision?
We use both a freezing cream followed by an injection to make the area numb. Your baby will be wrapped comfortably and be able to suck on a sugar and water solution. Most babies are very calm during the procedure.
How do I care for the circumcision when I go home?
At the appointment we will give you a handout titled Caring for your circumcised newborn. You will be given a number to reach Dr. Zwiers if you have any additional questions.
Is there a follow up appointment?
There is an appointment in one week after the circumcision to check the healing. (Currently we are doing follow up appointments by secure messaging and phone due to Covid) If any concerns develop after the first week, please call the office for an appointment. These appointments are covered by Alberta Health Care.
What should I bring to the appointment?
Please see our page on What to Bring
Can I meet Dr. Zwiers before the appointment?
Yes! If you are struggling with the decision, or if you just would prefer to meet us before you book the procedure, please call to book a consultation visit (phone or in person).