Welcome to Intramed – Calgary’s circumcision clinic, serving southern Alberta. Our private circumcision clinic offers circumcision for teens age 13 and up, as well as infant circumcision, and adult circumcision for men of all ages.
At our Calgary clinics Dr. Crouse offers circumcision for infants up to 4 months of age, teens age 13 and up, as well as adult circumcision for men.
With our focus on circumcision procedures we are able to deliver the highest standard of male medical care. Adult circumcision is also offered in our clinic (no hospital visit required) and you can find more detail on this service on a dedicated adult circumcision page on this website. For baby circumcision please click here.
Please contact us today for a consultation (in clinic or by phone) regarding a circumcision procedure for your son with Dr. Crouse. You can reach us by phone during clinic hours at 403-255-6196 or use the Contact form and we will call you back to answer your questions or book an appointment.
If you are a minor teen (under 18) looking for information on circumcision please read on below, and understand that your parents will need to consent to any eventual procedure as well as be involved in the consultation appointment.
Circumcision for at our Calgary Clinic
We are often asked about the optimal age for a boy’s circumcision, and if at a certain point a child becomes too old to have it done.
If you have a newborn and plan to have him circumcised, we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible, as it is better to have the circumcision earlier in your child’s life. We perform circumcision on infants up to six months old.
Still there are no age restrictions for the procedure. The same virtually painless circumcision, using the the Pollock Technique™, is available for adolescents age 13 and up at our Calgary location. We also do circumcision for adult men.
Our clients include a wide range of ages from infants to seniors, and Intramed is the only dedicated circumcision clinic in Calgary offering circumcision for teenagers as a routine procedure with the Pollock Technique™.
For this reason, many our clients come from all over Southern Alberta and beyond to our Calgary clinic. Just let us know if you are travelling overnight for the surgery, and we can recommend local accommodation for you and your boy as needed.
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Getting Circumcised as a Teenager
Should your teenage son require circumcision, or if you are a youth seeking more information, we encourage you to explore more of the detail available on our website (and others) and to contact us for a consultation in our Calgary clinic when you are ready.
Before the circumcision operation, Dr. Crouse will explain the risks and benefits of the procedure.
Whether you’re planning to have your son circumcised or you’re pursuing circumcision for yourself, you will want to make a fully informed decision.
Please read about the Pollock Technique™ that we employ for all circumcisions at our clinic.
Dr. Crouse is fully certified in the use of this virtually painless surgical method and has trained hands-on with Dr. Pollock in his Vancouver clinics.
Circumcising for Phimosis Treatment
Teenage circumcision is sometimes prescribed as treatment for phimosis and certain other conditions that may become problematic as the boy matures into puberty.
In these cases, the Pollock Technique™ circumcision is a good option when it has been determined that circumcision is the most effective treatment for a boy’s phimosis. We provide circumcision for teens who are at least 13 years old.
Whatever your reasons for contacting our clinic, our professional medical team is ready to assist you in achieving your personal objectives and resolving medical issues through circumcision safely and as comfortably as possible.
Adolescents: Benefits of Circumcision
Though circumcision is usually done in the first few weeks after birth, we routinely perform circumcisions for teenagers, age 13 and older, at Intramed Medical Centre. No medical referral is required. Your primary care doctor may refer you to our clinic for circumcision for your boy but it’s not required. You can call us directly at 403-255-6196 or use the Appointment Request form.
If you have questions regarding the appropriateness of circumcision for your son or any questions regarding specific details of the process at our clinic, you may choose to first book a consultation for your son before you schedule the circumcision appointment. To arrange a consultation with our doctors please call us, or use the Appointment Request form.
What are the benefits of circumcision for adolescents?
There are some potential benefits from getting circumcised as a teenager.
Here are some examples:
- Circumcision lowers the risk of penile cancer, although the risk is always quite low.
- Boys and men who are circumcised have less chance of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). An STD is a disease you catch from sexual contact. An example is HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS.
- Males who are circumcised have a slightly lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection. That’s an infection affecting the bladder, kidneys, or the tubes that urine goes through as it leaves the body.
- If you’re circumcised, there’s no worry that you’ll get an infection of the foreskin.
- Circumcision means you’ll never get phimosis — a condition in which very tight foreskin gets stuck to the penis.
The Circumcision Procedure for Teens
Circumcision for teens is a routine procedure at Intramed. We appreciate that it can lead to anxiety and concerns for boys and parents so our procedures include communication among the parents, patients, and our medical team before and after the operation. The overview below provides some detail and your doctor will answer your specific questions as well.
Getting ready for circumcision
This information will help you understand what you can expect and it will help you safely prepare for your child’s surgery.
The more you (and your son) understand exactly what is planned, the more comfortable you will be during the circumcision procedure and recovery period of several days.
Talk to your boy about the surgery. Tell your son that the surgery will remove the skin on the head of his penis. Explain the reasoning and write down any questions that need to be answered at the clinic.
Plan for the recovery period after the operation
Plan for your child’s recovery time. He may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort. Your child will probably be able to go back to school in a week or less. The presence of a parent is very helpful, especially in the first couple days of recovery.
Follow-up from our clinic
We will call you the day before the circumcision appointment to confirm the time and date of your child’s surgery and answer any questions. Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions about your child taking or stopping medicines before surgery. This includes over-the-counter supplements or painkillers.
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The day of surgery
Have your child take a bath or shower before you come in. Teens may want to bring a book and a music player with some calm music.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany your child to the clinic. If both parents will not be present you will be asked to have written permission from the absent parent to confirm that they are aware of the planned operation and have agreed to have it done.
You will confirm if the patient would like mild sedation with inhaled nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This can help with relaxation and comfort, but does not put the patient to sleep.
An aesthetic prior to circumcision
A local anesthetic is given by injection through the skin near the base of the penis. During a circumcision, the foreskin is removed from the head of the penis (glans). The surgery will take just a few minutes.
Even though the boy will be awake, there will be no pain while having the procedure done. It’s best if he can be distracted with music during the short surgery in order to minimize his stress.
After the procedure, some discomfort is expected when the local anesthetic wears off.
There are pain-killers that relieve any pain or discomfort and full post-operative care instructions will be given to you.
Take care to regulate the dosage and follow the doctor’s instructions.
What to expect after a boy’s circumcision
Circumcision for teens will entail a recovery period with reduced activity levels. Your son will leave our clinic a few hours after the operation, and guidance and follow-up continues afterwards, with written and verbal instructions on how to provide care after the circumcision. Dr. Crouse will be reachable 24-hours a day during the period immediately after the procedure so that he can react fast in the unlikely event of a serious complication.
The goal is to minimize your teen’s discomfort and promote healing. You will be shown how to reduce the risk of infection and informed of warning signs to watch for in case of any complications.
Our doctor will be available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to questions or concerns.
Your son will require your attention in the days immediately after his circumcision.
Rest after surgery for a few days
You will likely be able to take your child home an hour or so after the surgery. Encourage extra rest the first day. Most teens can be more active on the day after surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions about when your child can do vigorous exercise. This includes sports, running, and physical education.
When you leave the clinic, you will get more information about how to take care of your child at home. The doctor will tell you when your child can start normal activities again.
When should you call the clinic?
- You have questions or concerns before or after the circumcision.
- You don’t understand how to prepare your child for the surgery.
- Your child becomes ill before the surgery (such as fever, flu, or a cold).
- You need to reschedule or have changed your mind about your child having the surgery.