Circumcision is the surgical removal of the sleeve of skin and mucosal tissue that normally covers the glans (head) of the penis. This double layer, sometimes called the prepuce, is more commonly known as the foreskin.

At St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, the decision to have your infant circumcised will be left up to you after discussions with your physician. If you elect to have your infant circumcised, you may arrange for this to be done by your obstetrician during your hospital stay, or may schedule the procedure at a later date in the physician’s office.