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What are the average costs with an adult circumcision? How long does the procedure take?  Are there anethesias used?  Are they localized anethesias or do they require you to be knocked out? Are disolvable stiches used?  I've heard horror stories about those.  What should I look for when searching for a qualified urologist? Is this covered by insurance?

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Lot's of questions.  The costs will vary by physician and lcoation so I can't give you a price.  The procedure usually takes about one hour.  Usually in adults we use a general anesthetic.  The procedure can be done with just a local anesthetic, but it's much more comfortable to have the full anesthesia.  Dissolvable sutures are used.  When looking for a urologist, try to find one who is Board Certified.  An affiliation with a medical school is usually good.

My very best advice is to call your local hospital where you would feel comfortable going and ask to speak to the urology surgical assitant or urology technical assistant.  These are the surgical nurses who help all the urologists in the hospital.  Ask them who they would recommend for their own families if they needed a surgery by a urologist.  Chances are they will steer you to the right guy.

Insurance usually covers the procedure especially if it's for a defined medical problem.  If it's just for cosmetic reasons, they may not cover it.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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