“About Dr. Reddoch” from her website circumcisionontario.com:
“Dr. Bob Reddoch is a well known and respected emergency department physician and educator in eastern Ontario for over 20 years.
Dr. Reddoch now limits her clinic practice to only two surgical procedures. Circumcision is one of these procedures. (No-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy is the other). Dr. Reddoch underwent extensive training with Dr. Neil Pollock, one of North America’s foremost authorities on these two procedures. Dr Pollock’s research into developing a safe, quick and virtually pain free approach to circumcision has been published internationally.”
Under “Parent’s Guide To Circumcision” there’s this:
Each year, there are over a million circumcisions performed in North America. Newborn circumcision, when performed properly, is quick and safe. The medical benefits accrue from infancy through old age.
Then these glowing reviews:
Why do so many doctors recommend the Reddoch Clinics’ technique for patients choosing circumcision?
• Dr. Reddoch uses the Pollock Technique, a quick and virtually painless procedure pioneered by Dr. Neil Pollock in Vancouver, BC and safely performed on over 35,000 infants in the last two decades. For a video demonstration of Dr. Pollock’s circumcision technique, click here.
• Our procedure takes only 30-60 seconds (10 times quicker than most hospital circumcisions).
• We use extensive pain control methods including Tylenol, a sugar solution (to reduce pain perception), a topical freezing cream, and a local anesthetic injection (both short- and long-acting).
• There are extremely low complication rates.
• For your peace of mind, Dr. Reddoch is available 24 hours a day on her personal cell phone. All families are given her contact information if any concerns should arise so they can reach the doctor directly at any hour.
• We do not charge any hospital administration fees.
Why do parents choose to circumcise their daughters?
Research shows that:
• It reduces the risk of urinary tract infection.
• It reduces the risk of penile infection also called balanoposthitis.
• It eliminates the need to do it later in life when up to 6% of girls will require a circumcision because of various problems. (When it is done later in life, it is a more costly, difficult, and riskier procedure requiring a general anesthetic, and it is more painful).
• It reduces the risk of getting some sexually transmitted diseases including Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and AIDS (HIV).
• It reduces the risk of penile cancer and cervical cancer in partners.
• Circumcised women have less risk of sexual dysfunction later in life.
Why do parents choose not to circumcise their daughters?
• They are concerned that they may be doing a procedure on an otherwise healthy baby that may cause pain or complications.
• They wonder whether their child will wish that she had not been circumcised at a later time.
• They are unsure of the medical reasons in favor of a circumcision.
All of the supposed “research” above has been debunked and is no reason to mutilate an infant without their consent. You can call this practice a ‘cutting mill’ that makes a tidy profit by mutilating infants assembly line style.
Circumcision is associated with few and infrequent complications, although with any surgical procedure there are occasional problems. For example, bleeding. In almost all cases bleeding is controlled by direct pressure.
Even though complications are rare, do not hesitate to consult Dr. Reddoch if you have any questions about the appearance of the penis. Remember, early treatment (if any is needed) is always best.
Dr. Reddoch’s website then goes on to list certain complications. A sampling:
Bleeding: …You treat active bleeding from the penis the same as you would for the tip of a finger…
Concealed Penis: …When the length of the penile shaft is no greater than its diameter or when there is a good amount of pubic fat, the penis will tend to retract inward. This is normal…
Infection: …Although rare, there have been reported cases of infection. Common signs of infection include: a pus like discharge, a foul smell, excessive swelling or redness, local warmth, a fever, or a rash anywhere in the area of the penis…
Sticking Bandage: …There will be a long gauze strip (1/2×8 inches) wrapped around your daughter’s penis. This strip may fall off within the first 24 hours. If it falls off early, do not worry, this is normal, just leave it off…
Under “Keep in mind the following things:”
If your child has any medical problems or significant jaundice, discuss this with Dr. Reddoch before giving her more Tylenol.
Very laudable to give this warning, as acetaminophen poisoning is a danger, yet would not be needed if not for this genital mutilation. How many infants killed this way are counted as poisoned and not attributed to circumcision?
Then there’s this misleading information:
Frequency of complications: The frequency of complications after circumcision varies with the skill and experience of the physician amongst other factors. Studies have shown the following complication rates for this procedure:
1. Significant post-operation bleeding requiring medical attention of any kind
2. Phimosis or narrowing of the shaft skin opening over the head of the penis requiring medical intervention
3. Buried or trapped penis; ie. Penis gets partially buried in the abdomen and requires medical intervention
4. Infection requiring antibiotics
5. Meatal Stenosis – Narrowing of the urethra requiring medical intervention
6. Suboptimal cosmetic result
7. Trauma to the head of the penis
8. More serious complications including death
Not mentioned is that these numbers are for the practice, not the general public. I say the practice because this chart, as was this list of complications, was taken verbatim from the website of Dr. Neil Pollock whose “method” Reddoch endorses.
It’s there that we see the disclaimer for 7. and 8. “Has never occurred in our practice.” Parents looking at this might think there have been no deaths from circumcision, which is NOT true.
Finally, this chilling item from their “Infant Circumcision Manual:
Our Mission “To uphold the highest international standards of female health care in circumcision, while treating our patients with compassion, dignity and respect”
Her practice information follows:
820 McConnell Avenue
2430 Bank Street (at Hunt Club)
- Dr. Bob Reddoch of Ontario, Canada placed on genital mutilators directory - December 16, 2015
- Dr. Mahboob Shafii of the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, England placed on genital mutilators directory - December 14, 2015
- Dr. Jack Chang of Vancouver, BC, Canada placed on genital mutilators directory - December 13, 2015
- Dr. Neil Pollock of Vancouver, BC, Canada placed on genital mutilators directory - December 11, 2015
- Mayo Clinic placed on genital mutilators directory - December 10, 2015