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Anonymous@yabbadabbadoo.co.uk wrote:
Dear Rabbi,

What is the probability of something going wrong during circumcision?


Dear Anonymous,

I spoke with the head doctor of the emergency department at Israel's Ma'ayanei Hayashuah Medical Center about your question. He said that complications are very rare. The most common problem is excessive bleeding, which needs sutures. He classified this as rare. Infection, he said is very, very rare, and he has never seen a case.

The danger of the mohel (certified ritual circumcisor) cutting too much, which is what most people are worried about, is basically unheard of. Nowadays the mohel uses a protective shield that makes this not only unlikely but impossible.

The Jewish people have been circumcising their young for around 3750 years. So far so good.


 
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