Mallory Kremer, MD, Ob/Gyn & Women's Health, 11:18PM May 17, 2013
"It's that time of the morning... baby round up!". So many circumcisions, so little time.
As a second year resident, it is often my and the intern's responsibility to perform baby round ups in the morning for circs. At times, borrowing the boys from their parent's arms unleases a wave of anxiety, and unusual questions. I've had father's look at me sternly and say, "Just make it even". "It's going to be important to him someday." And my favorite, "Please make it look better than his brother's".
The comments from medical students watching the procedure are even more entertaining. One eager third year student (whose destination of choice will be plastics) asked to be allowed to cut around the Gomco after the clamp was applied. While explaining to him that you aren't supposed to make a sawing motion with the scalpel, he replied,
"Oh, I understand, I'm very interested in Japanese knife skills. I've studied them in cooking classes". Absolutely on the list of things not to say during a circ.
And at the end, when I take off the Mogan or Gomco, I look for (A) Bleeding at 6 o'clock and (B) say a quick prayer that the parents, and the baby, someday, are happy with the results. "Make it look pretty", they tell me. No pressure.