Dr. Sasan’s biographical information at mountsinai.org:
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
Education: DO, Texas College of Osteopathic Med.
Mount Sinai Hospital
Under “Treatments and Procedures, Newborn Circumcision” at mountsinai.org:
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is a flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis.
Is an eyelid just “a flap of skin” too? How about the clitoral hood?
Although the site lists possible complications, it doesn’t mention DEATH as a “complication.”
Further on, this gem:
Your baby may be given a pacifier to suck on. The pacifier will have some sugar water on it. This has been shown to decrease pain in infants.
Sugar water evidently not being enough, anesthesia is mentioned and this description of the procedure:
The baby will need to be very still during the circumcision. The baby may be carefully restrained on an infant board or someone will hold the baby. The anesthesia will be applied.
Once the area is numb the procedure will begin.
How this is determined is unknown. It continues:
The foreskin will be pulled away from the penis. Some parts of the foreskin may still be attached to the penis. The doctor will sweep these attachments away. The extra foreskin will then be cut away. It can be removed with a scalpel or special clamp.
Stitches may be needed. They will be used to sew the remaining bit of foreskin into place.
I’d hate to be the one holding the baby – or doing the ’pulling’ and ‘sweeping.’
No mention of her circumcision skills on this episode of “Today,” although she does calm the fears of consenting adult patients (infant boys, not so much).
Her practice information follows:
5 East 98th Street
New York, NY 10029