What's the difference between circumcising an adult and a baby?

Jennifer S. Singer, MD
In the United States, doctors generally don't do adult circumcisions with clamps. They tend to use a freehand, or sleeve, technique: A sleeve of foreskin is removed and the edges are sewn back together.

Whether an adult or a child, the procedure is done in the operating room. For adult males, it can be done under a local anesthesia, which numbs the penis.

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