The procedure for circumcision involving cutting of flesh at a site that is filled with very sensitive nerves, therefore to think it might not hurt is out of the question. Yes, it hurts.
What is Circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. It is commonly performed before a newborn male child is sent home after birth at the hospital if it has been determined that the child will be circumcised. The procedure can be done during childhood or even adulthood if it is desired. The procedure involves more risks when it is done later in life rather than at the newborn stage. However it is then the males own decision to make instead of his parents.
Does Circumcision Hurt in Infants and Children?
Newborn infants are not given general anesthesia for circumcision. A topical or local anesthetic is used to help numb the area. The infant is positioned on a board which has straps to hold the infant still. The process of immobilizing the infant is scary to the baby and they usually begin to cry. Once circumcised, a plastic ring is placed on the newborns penis to apply pressure to the incision and is kept in place for several days; it will fall off on its own. Do not pull the ring off even if it is hanging loose.
If circumcision is done during childhood, after the newborn stage it is a more complicated procedure and generally requires the child be placed under anesthesia for the procedure. There is pain following the procedure when the numbing or anesthesia wears off. Newborns and children feel pain just as adults do.
Does Circumcision Hurt in Adults?
For adult males the procedure is usually done as an outpatient and they are able to resume their usual activities after a few days. Usually general or local anesthetic is used and most of the times if they are not having general anesthesia the adult will medication to keep them calm and relax them for the procedure. Adults will have sutures and it is recommended that they do not have sexual activity until the sutures are dissolved or removed and the incision is completely healed. Pain is managed with analgesics.
The bottom line is that circumcision is painful whether you are an adult, infant or young child. Any procedure which involves cutting and suturing in a nerve sensitive area is painful.
I am 26 years old and just had a circumcicion performed. Local anisthetic was used. No pain during the procedure. Pain after the procedure was no worse then the pain from stretching my forskin or attempting to to clean my penis before hand. The only truely painful part of my circucition was getting an erection with stitches in. Bottom line, my son was healed and fussed for 2 days and was done with his circucision no Erection, two weeks and i still get night time erections that wake me up because the pain is unberable. Give your child the chance before he'll remember, or put him through what i went through. Seems like a no brainer to me.