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Circumcision of males for medical and religious reasons

It is performed by a licensed surgeon with solid experience in urology, under local anaesthesia and with control of post-surgery recovery

758.90 euros* – cost of surgery on an outpatient basis, including a preliminary assessment of possibility of circumcision, considering the comorbidities and the patient’s psychological status, preparation of required legal documents (agreement of both parents), work of a surgeon and hospital nurse, local anaesthesia and control of post-surgery recovery.

* This price does not include poliklinikkamaksu.

Circumcision can be performed for medical, religious and preventive reasons. Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the human penis.

More than one-third of males worldwide are circumcised. This procedure is most common in the United States, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Medically, circumcision is most often performed for cases of phimosis (narrowing of the opening of the foreskin) and premature ejaculation (discharge of semen) in view of an inefficient conservative treatment.

In some cultures, male children are circumcised shortly after birth or around puberty. Circumcision is commonly practiced in Jewish and Islamic faiths.

Since the late 19th century, some scientists have been propagating the circumcision of males as a preventive measure. There are high-quality studies proving that circumcision substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections in general as well as the risk of developing some forms of cancer.

Thus, in 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that the expenses for neonatal male circumcision be covered by the national and private health insurance (in particular, Medicaid).

In our healthcare centre, the circumcision surgery of adult males and male children is performed by a surgeon on an outpatient basis using local anaesthesia. Where required, premedication is prescribed for children.

We know that some people in Finland stand against neonatal circumcision for religious reasons. But it is impossible to prohibit parents to follow their religious traditions. Religious male circumcision is not prohibited by law in Finland. In autumn 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that a medically performed circumcision carried out for religious or social reasons is not a crime.

The guidelines of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health say that circumcision should be done only by a legalised doctor who should ensure pain relief and control post-surgery healing. Sufficient information on the nature, consequences and potential harm of the surgery should be provided to a boy’s parents or guardians, who should give their written permission for the surgery. If possible, the opinion of the boy should also be asked.

We perform this surgery with the express written permission of both parents for the circumcision and if possible, take into account the boy’s opinion. Prior to surgery, a doctor evaluates the possibility of performing the circumcision, taking into account the comorbidities and the child’s psychological status. Therefore, a specialised medical consultation prior to surgery is obligatory. This surgery in Finland is not compensated by Kela, but for cases when it is prescribed by a doctor for medical reasons.

Our doctor Helena Alekseyenkova is a surgeon with vast experience in urology, in particular, in the Outpatient Clinic of Urology at Helsinki University Hospital.

You can book a consultation using the online booking system. If you do not have a Finnish ID number, to book an appointment, call during working hours at +358 1057 43970.