You and your child will meet the anaesthetist prior to the procedure. After talking to you and briefly examining your child, they will take you through to the operating theatre. One parent is welcome to accompany your child until they are asleep. The anaesthetist puts your child to sleep via a face mask (with children 5 years and over there is the option of either a face mask or a needle with numbing cream). You will then be shown the waiting room where there is tea, coffee or water available to drink.
Once your child is asleep, the anaesthetist will insert a ‘drip’ to allow fluids to be given directly into a vein. Usually this is located in the hand or arm, but occasionally may need to be sited in the leg or scalp. The anaesthetist will then inject some local anaesthetic to numb the penis. Usually this is injected around the base of the penis, but occasionally it may be given near the base of the spine near the ‘tail’ bone, termed a ‘Caudal’. Please inform the anaesthetist if you wish to discuss the relative risks and benefits of these two options.