Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin (the skin covering the head of the penis). It is frequently performed soon after birth by the mother's obstetrician.
For various reasons, circumcision may not be performed at birth. A baby may not be a candidate for a circumcision due to an acute health care problem. Or, the obstetrician may have found an anatomical reason that requires an evaluation by a pediatric urologist. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits.