New Children’s Urology Resource Available for Parents Following CDC, AAP Circumcision Guidelines

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In December 2014, the CDC released draft guidelines on circumcision recommending that doctors advise parents of newborn boys as well as older uncircumcised males on the health benefits of the procedure. Children's Urology in Austin, Texas now has a new resource available that addresses these new guidelines.

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"Our Newborn Circumcision Clinic offers a comfortable, in-office experience for families interested in following the recommendations and pursuing circumcision for their son,” said Dr. McQuiston.

New Austin parents wishing to heed the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control recent guidance on circumcision, which endorse the procedure because of resulting health benefits, have access to a new in-office resource dedicated to circumcision — the Newborn Circumcision Clinic at Children’s Urology.

Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. The surgery carries a less than 1 percent risk of complication.

In December 2014, the CDC released draft guidelines on circumcision recommending that doctors advise parents of newborn boys as well as older uncircumcised males on the health benefits of the procedure.

Clinical trials have shown that circumcision reduces HIV-infection risk by 50 to 60 percent, according to the CDC guidelines. The procedure also reduces the risk of contracting herpes and human papilloma virus, both believed to cause cancer of the penis, by 30 percent. Other benefits believed to result from circumcision are decreased risk of urinary tract infections in infant males and cervical cancer in female partners.

The AAP stated in its 2012 updated policy on circumcision that the benefits of circumcising babies are great enough that all insurance should cover the surgery. The organization also advocates for increased access to circumcision to families who choose it.

“Our Newborn Circumcision Clinic offers a comfortable, in-office experience for families interested in following the recommendations and pursuing circumcision for their son,” said Leslie McQuiston, MD, pediatric urologist at Children’s Urology.

The circumcision provider team, led by Jillian Moser, PA-C, performs circumcisions for newborns who meet the following criteria:
o    Six weeks old or younger
o    Weigh 10 pounds or less
o    Have normal appearing anatomy

Parents of children who do not meet the Newborn Circumcision Clinic’s criteria and are interested in more information about circumcision for their child are invited to call the practice and speak with a staff member.

Click here for the CDC draft guidelines.

For more information about the clinic or if you are interested in circumcising your newborn, contact Children’s Urology at (512) 472-6134 or visit http://www.childrensurology.com.

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About Children’s Urology:
Children’s Urology, the premier pediatric urology practice in Central Texas, specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of genitourinary conditions from birth through adolescence. Their pediatric advanced subspecialty physicians offer a full spectrum of pediatric urology services from management of general disorders of the genitourinary system to treatment of complex disease states, and now minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Their physicians also provide trauma and emergency consultation to regional medical centers including Dell Children’s Medical Center. For more information about Children’s Urology visit http://www.childrensurology.com

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