We had our first child and he's beautiful, but he had a rare birth defect.
ed, "Has the patient been circumcised yet?" Our doc replied that he hadn't, and the surgeon explained his plan.
The NICU cut a short length of 5mm silicone tubing and placed it over the tip of our newborn's penis, then carefully stretched his little foreskin over the end of the tubing and taped it in place. After 12 hours they replaced it with 7.5mm tubing, then after 24 hours they replaced that with 10mm tubing.
The next day the surgeon arrived. They wheeled our baby into surgery where he performed the circumcision and then immediately used the recovered, stretched tissue to replace the missing eyelids.
Afterward, the surgeon explained to us that he's done this surgery only three times before but it was always successful, and since it used the baby's own tissue there was virtually no chance of rejection.
We thanked the surgeon and asked if there were any side effects we should look out for.
"Well," he said thoughtfully, "he'll probably be a little cockeyed." Read More