Circumcision Clinics Serving BC

Pollock Clinics operates from two Vancouver area locations and you can reach both at (604) 717-6200.

Call us with your inquiry, or to make an appointment. You can also request an appointment now online.

If you are travelling from out of town for a circumcision procedure, we can recommend an itinerary, so please let us know when you book if you are coming from elsewhere in B.C. Our clients come to Vancouver from Victoria, Kelowna, and as far away as Prince George.


407-625 Fifth Avenue,
New Westminster, BC

1101-805 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC (near Vancouver General Hospital)

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Booking a Circumcision Appointment at Our Clinic

Pollock Clinics specializes in a virtually painless circumcision operation for babies, boys and men of all ages.

Our dedicated circumcision doctors and nurses understand the concerns of parents for their boys, as well as the situation of men requiring an adult circumcision surgery. We do our best to provide a private and personalized experience for our clients.

Our doctors and staff are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have, and are available by phone, or by booking a consultation. The clinic generally has appointments available within a few days.

Our Mission – Why a circumcision clinic?

We are dedicated to upholding the highest international standards of male surgical care in circumcision while treating our patients with compassion, dignity, and respect. These objectives are best achieved in a private clinic with a simple and clear mission. Because our entire team is focused on a single medical procedure we are able to be the best at it

Gentle Procedures meets the needs of families for infant circumcision and delivers quality care to youth and men as well. At our clinic the clients come first.

A Local Clinic for Baby Circumcisions

There was a need for a baby circumcision clinic in Vancouver.

No other medical clinic exists which is similarly focused on circumcision for newborns and babies. Our specialization permits the delivery of extraordinary care in a clinic designed around the needs of our core clients – baby boys and their families.

Clinic founder Dr. Neil Pollock knew that there was a great need for accessible services, since circumcision is not generally offered to newborns in public hospitals. The need was there and so the circumcision clinic was created.

An Adult Circumcision Clinic for BC

Similarly, adult circumcision was offered as part of a wider set of medical services in hospitals etc. but there were no dedicated doctors and easily accessible services for men and youth requiring a later in life circumcision. The public health care sector was not able to quickly and reliably deliver the surgical procedures necessary for quality of life – and so a dedicated circumcision clinic was created.

We are proud of operating our private clinic at the highest standard of care. Please contact us today with your inquiry.

Meet The Team

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Pros and Cons of Circumcision – A medical perspective.

Circumcision is a simple procedure that removes the foreskin – a sleeve of skin covering the tip of the penis. Parents have the legal right to authorize circumcision for their son. In order to make an informed decision, they should carefully consider the benefits and risks.

Since the foreskin traps bacteria and other infectious agents, as well as accumulating potentially malodorous smegma, its removal often improves genital hygiene and reduces risk of diseases and other conditions over the lifetime for the boy and his future sexual partners.

Clinical Benefits of Circumcision

There are a number of known potential benefits from circumcision.

Prevents Phimosis

Circumcision eliminates the risk of phimosis, which affects 1 in 10 older boys and men. This condition refers to a tight foreskin that cannot be pulled back fully, so making cleaning under it, and passing urine, difficult. Phimosis also greatly increases the risk of penile cancer, and is the cause of foreskin and catheter problems in nursing homes.

Reduced Risk of Infection in Circumcised Men

Reduces by 3-fold the risk of inflammation and infection of the skin of the penis. One in 10 uncircumcised men get inflammation of the head of the penis and the foreskin. This rises to 1 in 3 if the uncircumcised man is diabetic. In contrast only 2% of circumcised men get this condition.

Important Decrease in Bladder Infections

Over 10-fold decrease in risk of urinary tract infection in infants. Whereas risk of this is only 1 in 500 for a circumcised boy, 1 in 50 uncircumcised male infants will get a urinary tract infection. This very painful condition is particularly dangerous in infancy, and in 40% of cases can lead to kidney inflammation and disease; blood poisoning and meningitis can also result. Lifetime UTI risk in uncircumcised males is 1 in 5.

Dramatically Reduced Penile Cancer Risk

Over 20-fold decrease in risk of invasive penile cancer, which has a high fatality rate. One in 1,000 uncircumcised men get penile cancer, which often requires penile amputation.

Prostate Cancer Rates Lower When Circumcised

Uncircumcised men have a 15-60% increased risk of prostate cancer, which affects 1 in 6.

Circumcision and AIDS

Circumcision reduces by over 3- fold the risk of getting HIV (AIDS), during sex with an infected woman. HIV enters via the vulnerable inner lining of the foreskin of a healthy penis, but can also infect via sores anywhere on the penis (caused for example by genital herpes). In countries such as the USA that have a low prevalence of HIV the risk of a heterosexual man being infected with HIV sexually is generally low.

Protection Against Disease Transmission with Circumcision

Circumcision also affords substantial protection against sexually transmitted infections such as high-risk papilloma (wart) virus, syphilis, trichomonas, mycoplasma and chancroid, as well as thrush.

Circumcised Men Less Likely to Transmit Viruses

Circumcision reduces by up to 5 times the risk of the man’s female partner being infected by chlamydia or getting cervical cancer (which is caused by high-risk human papillomavirus). The load of infectious bacteria and viruses that accumulate under the foreskin is delivered into the female genital tract during sex. Chlamydia is rising in incidence and can cause infertility (in both sexes), pelvic inflammatory disease, and ectopic pregnancy. A woman’s risk of bacterial vaginosis as well as genital herpes and other STIs, including HIV, is also lower if her male partner is circumcised.

Risks of Circumcision at Our Centre

Balanced against possible circumcision benefits we must consider risks.

Bleeding After Circumcision

For 1 in 500 circumcisions there may be either a little bleeding – easily stopped by pressure or, less commonly, requiring stitches (1 in 1000), the need to repeat surgery (1 in 1000). If a bleeding disorder such as haemophilia runs in the family, then the doctor needs to be advised as circumcision may require special preoperative treatment.

Risk of Infection

It is possible that there could be a generalized infection that will require antibiotics (1 in 4000) after surgery. Although there can be a local infection, often what seems like a local infection is actually part of the normal healing process. Serious complications (requiring hospitalization) are rare – approximately 1 in 5000.

Mutilation of the Penis

Mutilation or loss of the penis, and death, are virtually unheard of for circumcisions performed by a competent medical practitioner. Ensure your doctor is experienced.

Reaction to Anaesthetic After the Circumcision Procedure

Anesthetic is imperative, preferably a local, since a general anesthetic carries risks, and is unnecessary. For age 0-4 months a local, not a general, and for older children or teenagers a mild sedative might be considered in addition to the local. Young children who wriggle can be gently restrained. For pain after the anesthetic wears off, an oral analgesic medication is often prescribed. Some individuals can have negative reactions to the anaesthetics used, although this is rare.

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