Circumcision is one of the most common surgical procedures worldwide. Every country has specific rules and laws relating to circumcision and South Africa is no different.
Circumcision for medical and religious reasons is allowed at any age in South Africa, however circumcision is not permitted in boys below the age of 16 without a medical or religious reason (as per Section 12 of the Children's Act).
Examples of medical reasons for circumcision are paraphimosis, phimosis, recurrent urinary tract infections and other abnormalities of the urinary tract that increase the risk for recurrent urinary tract infections.
Dr Stevens performs circumcision on boys for medical or religious reasons. The procedure is done in theatre under general anaesthetic and is generally a day procedure.