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Circumcision Cost

How Much Does Circumcision Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: Copay + 10-50% of Procedure Costhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $800-$3,000+

Circumcision is surgery to remove the foreskin, which is loose skin that hangs down over the tip of the penis. Risks can include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to the urethra, scarring, and, rarely, accidental partial amputation.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for circumcision typically would consist of a copay ranging from nothing to $50, depending on the plan, or coinsurance of 10%-50%. Routine circumcision for infants often is covered by insurance companies, though some consider it cosmetic. For example, Kaiser Permanente[1] covers routine circumcision for newborns, but covers the procedure only when medically necessary -- such as for recurring infections or cancer -- for older children and adults. On a forum at[2] , members discuss their experiences with insurance coverage of circumcision.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, circumcision for a newborn infant typically costs $150-$400 for the doctor fee, and possibly an additional facility fee, which can increase the total to $800 or more. For example, Gentle Circumcision[3] in California charges $150 to circumcise babies up to seven weeks old. Pediatrics Northwest[4] , in Washington state, charges $170. Pediatric Associates in Iowa charges $250. Premier Pediatrics[5] , in North Carolina, charges $300 to circumcise newborns up to two weeks old. And Canyon View Medical Group[6] , in Utah, charges $343. If the procedure is performed in a hospital after birth -- instead of in the physician's office -- a hospital facility fee can add $100-$400 or more to the total cost. For example, Community Memorial Hospital in Ohio charges a $138 facility fee for a circumcision. And Knox Community Hospital in Ohio charges a $227 facility fee. And University of North Carolina Hospitals[7] charge a $400 facility fee.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, circumcision for an older child or adult male typically costs $800-$3,000 or more. For example, Gentle Circumcision[8] charges $850 for children 1 to 17 years, $1,500 for adults if local anesthesia is used and $3,000 for adults if general anesthesia is used. Harold Reed, M.D.[9] charges $250 for an initial consultation and $1,750 for the surgery, including doctor fee, anesthesia and facility fee, for a total of $2,000. And The Circumcision Center[10] in Georgia charges $2,500 if the foreskin is retractable and $3,000 if the foreskin is not retractable.
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What should be included:
  • For infants, circumcision typically is done within two weeks of birth. Usually, a numbing cream is placed on the penis more than a half hour before the procedure. Then, the doctor cleans the penis and injects local anesthetic around the base. Typically, a special clamp is placed on the penis to allow the doctor to pull the excess foreskin up and cut it off with a scalpel or scissors. Alternatively, a disposable plastic device can be placed on the end of the penis, and a string tied tightly around it; after about a week, the excess foreskin and the device fall off. The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes to a half hour. It takes about 10 days to heal.
  • For an older child or adult, circumcision might be done for cosmetic, social or medical reasons such as a tight foreskin, inability to retract the foreskin or frequent infections. In these cases, local or general anesthesia can be used. The patient usually must take at least three days off from work, and full recovery takes about a month.
  • WebMD Children's Health has an overview of circumcision[11] .
Additional costs:
  • Gauze and petroleum jelly or ointment are needed for home care of the wound.
  • Many doctors and hospitals offer discounts to cash-paying patients or for prompt payment.
  • By having the procedure performed in a doctor's office, it is possible to save $100-$400 or more because there is no facility fee.
Shopping for circumcision:
  • For infant circumcision, an obstetrician/gynecologist or pediatrician typically performs the procedure, but a pediatric urologist probably is most qualified to do the operation. For an older child, a pediatric urologist, and for an adult, a urologist, should perform circumcision. The American Urological Association[12] offers a urologist locator with the option to search for a pediatric urologist. Jewish families circumcising an infant for religious reasons typically use a mohel -- a person, sometimes a rabbi and/or a doctor, who has been trained in ritual circumcision. offers a mohel locator[13] by state.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics[14] , there are not enough potential medical benefits to justify recommending routine circumcision for newborns.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Adult Circumcision
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: J bug in Tempe, AZ.Posted: July 18th, 2022 11:07PM
Practitioner: UrologistAge of Patient: 30
I was not circumcised as a baby but decided to get snipped for cosmetic reasons and sometimes my foreskin felt too tight. I opted for the gomco clamp and a “high and tight” circumcision i was awake during but numbed although I wish I was circumcised as a baby I am glad I got it done.
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Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Mirasol Eliassen in New York, NY.Posted: June 6th, 2021 06:06PM
Practitioner: PrivateAge of Patient: 9 yrs old
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Adult circumcising
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: Nate Roberts in Richmond, VA.Posted: January 22nd, 2020 08:01PM
Practitioner: VariousAge of Patient: 23
The process was so easy.When I was in school I couldn’t stand the fact I wasn’t circumcised.And it was painful to have sex.I think my parents didn’t get it done as a baby to stop me from making baby’s understandably I can get that just get them done as baby’s that will crush someone’s self a stem down the line when they get older my parents couldn’t understand welll parent Idk know why she didn’t get it done it was just weird to have the surgery was 10-15 minutes long and painless and I healed in 4 weeks and it wasn’t a bother as I thought it would have been
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Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Venkatesh in Anantapuram, IN.Posted: July 29th, 2019 10:07PM
Practitioner: Age of Patient: 28
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Amount: $500.00
Posted by: JENE HIGUERO in PORT ST LUCIE, FL.Posted: January 8th, 2019 11:01AM
Practitioner: Age of Patient: 0 months
I can not find anyone to perform a circumcision on my son when hes born he will be born in March 4th I want it done right away will pay cash thank you
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Adult circumcision
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Circumcised as Adult in Denver, CO.Posted: December 18th, 2018 11:12AM
Practitioner: Kaiser PermanenteAge of Patient: 21
I had Kaiser at the time and my new GP recommending circumcision so she referred me to a urologist for repeated infections (phimosis and balanitis).
Went to see the urologist. Very easy. Was booked that same appt for a month later.
Apparently Kaiser is very busy with adult circumcisions as my assigned nurse the day of the opportunity said they performed these every week.
It was done right in the clinic. I was awake but given a local anathestic. I was talking to the doctor and nurse the whole 45 minute procedure. The nurse commented I had a very long and thick foreskin (lol)!
Insurance paid for everything. I probably had like a $30 copay at check in or something small like that. This was back in 2006 though so it might've changed.
Easy process, but still wish it was done when I was a baby. It heals SOO much better when done young. To this day I still have small bumps where the doctor removed my frenulum (if done as a baby that area would be smooth as it'd heal better).
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Adult circumcision
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: a user in Honolulu, HI.Posted: July 26th, 2018 01:07PM
Insurance didn't cover anything and it was medically needed. Check your health plans
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My medical cover it free for 30 days
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: a user in Palmdale, CA.Posted: March 27th, 2018 12:03AM
Practitioner: PrivateAge of Patient: 2 weeks
Well when my son was born they ask 400$ out of pocket at the hospital with my wife coverage so I added him to my health insurance they told me really by law they can't do circumcision after a month mostly practices deny it after your son is a month old so I did it and my medical paid 100% but I copay 15$
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Amount: $18,858.33
Posted by: Mr.J.Q.Public in Stuart, FL.Posted: September 24th, 2017 08:09AM
Practitioner: Martin Heatlh SystemAge of Patient: 66
I had a circumsion,probably there 3 or 4 hours.Medicare covered all but $283.
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Infant Cir, baby is 2 weeks and 4 days old
Amount: $2,921.40
Posted by: Dadof3 in Lagrange, GA.Posted: June 28th, 2017 07:06AM
Practitioner: Dr LechazAge of Patient: 2 weeks and 4 days old
I am totally shocked by the bill I just received for almost 3 grand! My son is was only 2 weeks and 4 days old when we had him circumcised. The Dr said we had to do it at the hospital which is ran by WellStar.
I am still trying to find out why its so much, the Dr fees are $600 and the hospital fees say pharmacy is $20 and Supplies $91 and the Circumcision fee is a flat $2,210..... what on earth for??? esp if the Dr is charging us separately and we never saw him or went to his offices.
I have not paid anything yet, still trying to get callbacks and answers!!
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Adult male circumcision
Amount: $8,397.00
Posted by: patient in MN in Coon Rapids, MN.Posted: September 9th, 2016 11:09AM
Practitioner: Dr. AkornorAge of Patient: 66
I had my operation done as an outpatient in a hospital. The total cost was way more than I read about from others. My portion for the operation was $2,200.00. Very high, I think. He did a good job but I realize now why health care costs are so high.
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infant circumcision
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Roxy4 in orlando, FL.Posted: July 11th, 2015 09:07AM
Practitioner: noneAge of Patient: 3 months old
My son is 3 months old and since birth which was 4/1/15 @ winter park hospital in winter park florida and they denied my baby bbecause "they didnt except medicaid" which i called my medicaid provided and explained it to them and i was told he was covered up to his first 3 days in the hospital and up to 12 weeks thru his doctor and everyone denied me now ive been trying to get him circumcised STILL because its against my religion for him to be uncircumcised so ive been calling everywhere even got his doctor to refer somewhere. i dont know where else to call to get this done if anyone has information where i can go in the orlando area that wont charge me an arm and a leg i would appreciated it my email is justusonly2015 .. thank you
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Medically necessary circumcision on 4-year-old child
Amount: $17,000.00
Posted by: Leeque in Chicago, IL.Posted: November 22nd, 2014 06:11PM
Practitioner: Comer children\'s hospitalAge of Patient: 4
45 minutes procedure with the bulk of the cost being 5k for the first 30 minutes and then an additional 5k for another 15 minutes. Our insurance covered everything but $800 due to our deductible and 10% co-pay agreement. I was utterly shocked when I saw the bill. I am wondering if I should call and discuss the bill with them.
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Adult Circumcision
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Lisset in Pasco, WA.Posted: October 2nd, 2014 01:10PM
Just do it when they're babies, people! My sons were all circumcised before leaving the hospital- with no pain or discomfort, according to their reactions, and it was covered by our insurance. My husband's hippy dippy parents couldn't be bothered to circumcise him so we ended up having it done in his late thirties with no problems whatsoever (other than the cost). Resolved the problem of "painful" sex for him (and you thought Keigels were a good thing...not for the uncut, apparently) and created an enjoyable physical experience for us both. You want to talk "never have a normal sex life", try being slapped in the face with man-sized fish skin with little sweat bumps every time you try to be intimate or hearing "ow!" any time there's friction/sensation. Not being circumcised is disgusting!
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was going to my son circumcised
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Shauna johnson in Pensacola, FL.Posted: August 30th, 2014 05:08AM
Practitioner: noneAge of Patient: 3 years old
I found out that my insurance did not cover having my son circumcision five days before he was born I could not pay out of pocket.he is now 3 years old and still not circumcised. I've been debating on weather I should or shouldn't have the surgery. After reading the horrific story's of the pain and heart ace other families have had indore. My debate is over my final Discussion is to not have my son circumcised. I greatly thank you all for story's. I'm sincerely sorry for all your pain and heart ace but your story's have save the possible pain my son could have indore if I haved not come across this Website. Sincerely thank you from mother to mother father to father.and I will pray daily for the painless healing of all the baby's and parents.god bless. Thank shauna johnson.
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Lack of Informed Consent
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Mare54 in San Diego, CA.Posted: February 15th, 2013 06:02PM
Practitioner: variousAge of Patient: 2 days
Lack of informed consent is a huge problem. No one informed me that my son's foreskin was normal and natural and had functions designed by nature. No one informed me that it would be done without anesthesia. I was told that it was no big deal and that was a lie! No one told me that foreskin is sold to research and cosmetic companies for big money. Why are hospitals not required to fully inform parents about foreskin and what is actually being cut off of a normal healthy newborn boy?
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Adult Circumcision
Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: a user in Venice, FL.Posted: January 10th, 2013 04:01PM
Practitioner: UrologistAge of Patient: 72
Phimosis problem, not a big deal, I was lead to believe it would not be a problem and it would only take a few minutes in an out patient visit. OK, I felt "0" pain, and didn't lose any sleep afterwards. I was knocked out for the operation and about 25 minutes later I was awake and done. I expected the costs would be in the area of $800 to $1100. It was done in a surgery center. Medicare paid for it, BUT!!! the doctor's fee for the "operation" was $12,000 of the $18000+ total bill. Is it any wonder why they want to raise the cost of Medicare.
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What I payed for my son's circumcision
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Lynn Leilani in Honolulu, HI.Posted: November 13th, 2012 01:11PM
Practitioner: VariousAge of Patient: Newborn to 16 months
On my first post, I meant "My son is 46 months." I said 16 months by mistake because that was when he had his last surgery. Sorry for the confusion.
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What I payed for circumcision
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Lynn Leilani in Honolulu, HI.Posted: November 13th, 2012 01:11PM
Practitioner: VariousAge of Patient: Newborn to 16 months
My second son's circumcision cost far more than initial $259 the doc said it would. My son had the plastibell circumcision thing where the foreskin is supposed to fall off after a few days. They put the ring on incorrectly and it ended up degloving his shaft. So, here we are now and my son is 16 months old and he's had to undergo skin grafts to replace the skin on his penis. Doctors do not expect him to have a normal sex life. He needs more surgery and counseling in the future. My husband had to quit his job to stay at home with our son after the surgeries. If the doctor had told us we'd be going through all this, we would have never had him circumcised. What even worse is that the lawyer I spoke to says we can't sue the hospital or the doctor because my husband gave "informed consent" for the circumcision.
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