Brit Milah with Prof. Shaul Dollberg
Pediatrician, Neonatologist, Mohel
Although circumcision can be a painful and unpleasant experience for the baby, even when performed by an experienced mohel, most pain can be avoided with medical analgesia performed by a physician-mohel under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist.
As a pediatrician, neonatalogist and mohel who has performed more than 4,000 circumcisions with minimal stress to the baby and the family, I can assure you of a calm and respectful ceremony carried out at the highest medical level.
ABOUT PROF. SHAUL DOLLBERG
- Graduated 1985 from Hebrew University/Hadassah Medical School
- MD Degree in 1986, followed by pediatrics residency at Bikur Holim Hospital, Jerusalem
- Licensed to practice medicine in Israel and the U.S.A.
- Trained in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio
- Attending physician for two years at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Petach Tikva
- Head of the NICU at the Ichilov Hospital – Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (1997-2006)
- Head, Department of Neonatology, Lis Maternity (Ichilov) Hospital – Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (2006-2014)
- Full professor at the Sackler Medical Faculty of the Tel Aviv University, with more than 100 scientific papers published in leading medical journals. (Click here to view publications)
- Secretary of the Israel Society for Medical Circumcision of the Israel Medical Association
BRIT MILAH WITH PROF. SHAUL DOLLBERG
Circumcisions are carried out in my private clinic. Although the area is relatively small, 7 or 8 people can be accommodated comfortably. A “minyan” of 10 men is not a must for a Brit Milah.
The Brit Milah is performed following injection of a local analgesia (very similar to dental treatments). The ritual part of the ceremony is according to the wishes of the family. The medical part of the circumcision is performed on a special padded table (not on the lap of the Sandak).
After the Brit I am available around the clock to answer any questions.
Cost of the Brit Milah: NIS 2,400 including VAT (payment by cash, credit cards (Visa, Isracard, Matsrecard) or personal check.
PREPARING FOR THE BRIT MILAH
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Items to bring to the clinic
- 4 cloth diapers
- 5-6 disposable diapers (e.g. Pampers)
- bottle of baby oil (not ballaneum/emol, paraffin oil)
- bottle of Teva Acamoli syrup (not ibuprofen or paracetamol drops)
Items for the religious ceremony
- yarmulkes (skull caps)
- 2 Tallit (if needed, 2 are available at the clinic for use during the ceremony)
- kiddush wine
- small blanket to cover the pillow
One hour before the Brit
Apply a thick layer of analgetic ointment (over-the-counter EMLA or Duo-Caine) from the tip of the penis to the base, as well as some on the testicular sac (allowed for preterm infants from 37 weeks corrected gestational age).
Feeding the baby
The baby may be fed at any time prior to the Brit. A bottle of milk should be brought for bottle-fed infants.
2-piece outfits. If special clothes are to be used during the ceremony, the baby will be dressed in them just before the ceremony.
The Sandak should be told of his being chosen before coming to the clinic. Other people may receive other honors. The Sandak should also be informed that he will hold the baby before and after the circumcision, and not during the medical procedure.
Please Make Sure to Arrive on Time
P.S.: Any type of camera or video camera can be used. It is recommended that spare batteries and enough memory cards are available.
Please do not Bring Food or Drinks to the Clinic
CARE AFTER THE CIRCUMCISION
- Bathing – It is advisable to postpone the bath until the day after the Brit. Use baby wipes.
- Baby-oil – A few drops of baby oil will prevent the diaper from sticking to the circumcision cut. Apply at every diaper change during the first 48 hours.
- Pain – A repeated dose of Acamoli may be given starting 4 hours after the Brit in a dose as directed by Prof. Dollberg. Do not give more than 2 doses of Acamoli at home during the first 24 hours, and keep doses at least 4 hours apart.
- Bleeding – In the unlikely event of significant bleeding (i.e., blood dripping from the cut or diaper soaked with blood), it is important to call me.
The Healing Process
- A circular ring-like swelling below the glans is a part of normal healing. It is never symmetric, and will disappear within 6 weeks.
- Yellow-white stains on the glans are normal and should not be removed. These will disappear after about 10 days.
- The color of the glans will be purple-red, and will disappear after a few months.
- A blue discoloration at the base of the penis or on the testicular sac is a bruise that will disappear in a few days.
DIRECTIONS FOR GETTING TO MY CLINIC
The clinic is located in Kiryat Krinitzi, between the Tel Hashomer Medical Center and Qiryat Ono. Access is very easy from Geha (Road No. 4) via the Aluf Sade Interchange or the Bar Ilan Interchange.
From Aluf Sade
Drive straight until you reach the interchange where the Mifgashim Restaurant is located. Continue straight to the traffic lights, and take the next left to Eitan Yona Street. At the end of the street turn left to Mendes Street, and then immediately make a right turn to Sapir Street. At the end of Sapir turn left to Hameshorer Street until you get to residence No. 20.
* The clinic is located in Kiryat Krinitzi, between the Tel Hashomer Medical Center and Qiryat Ono. Access is very easy from Geha (Road No. 4) via the Aluf Sade Interchange or the Bar Ilan Interchange.
* From Route 6 you can access Maccabi Road (471) via the Nachshonit Interchange
To download a map and directions in a print compatible Hebrew version, click here.
INTERNET LINKS RELEVANT TO MEDICAL CIRCUMCISION
Diseases prevented by circumcision – new article from a prestigious journal
Article by Prof. Thomas Wiswell, USA, about circumcision
Article on circumcision and female genital cancer from a prestigious medical journal
Medical article about sexuality and circumcision