The CDC reports only a 0.2% risk of circumcision complications, but there are so many circumcision botches that need surgical corrections a year, enough that there is a market for circumcision botch corrections.
What the AAP says
On August 27th of 2012 the American Academy of Pediatricians] (AAP) presented a new Policy Statement on Circumcision and Technical Report stating that "the benefits outweigh the risks", yet when it comes to severe complications like the ones presented here, the technical report states that "Financial costs of care, emotional tolls, or the need for future corrective surgery (with the attendant anesthetic risks, family stress, and expense) are unknown".
"[S]ome of the serious complications that can occur during the procedure include death from excess bleeding and amputation of the glans penis. Postoperative complications include the formation of skin bridges between the shaft and the glans, infection, urinary retention (this has caused deaths), meatal ulcer, impetigo, fistulas, loss of penile sensitivity, sexual dysfunction and oedema of the glans." They also acknowledge that the frequency of complications is "underestimated because events occuring after the discharge are not captured [in the discharge sheet]" and sometimes are treated at a different hospital.
An estimated number of complications is calculated in this page.
- Documented Severe Complications of Circumcision at Circleaks.Org
- Gallery of Botched Circumcisions at Intactipedia
- Gallery of Botched Circumcisions at CircumcisionHarm.org
- Global Survey of Circumcision Harm
- (27 August 2012): Male Circumcision - Technical Report, in: Pediatrics. 130(3):e775. Retrieved 12 November 2012. Quote:
Financial costs of care, emotional tolls, or the need for future corrective surgery (with the attendant anesthetic risks, family stress, and expense) are unknown.
- Weiss, Helen (2010).
Neonatal and child male circumcision: a global review, UNAIDS. Retrieved 23 November 2012.