Everything You Need to Know About the Cost of Adult Circumcision in Australia

Are you thinking of having an adult circumcision? People can get circumcised as adults for all sorts of reasons, including medical, cosmetic, and religious purposes. You may also undergo adult circumcision if you have had the procedure in the past but require further removal of tissue.  

Adult circumcision is normally performed for medical reasons. This is because the procedure is proven to be able to treat painful conditions like phimosis, paraphimosis, balanitis, lichen sclerosis and balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO). 

Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin cannot pull back over the penis, causing uncomfortable tightness, inflammation, scarring, and infection. Paraphimosis is a medical emergency where the foreskin is stuck behind the corona of the penis, and treatment is necessary so the tip of the penis isn’t damaged and developing gangrene.  

Balanitis occurs when the head of the penis becomes inflamed and swollen. BXO, or lichen sclerosis, increases the chances of developing penile cancer by 5-10%. Adult circumcision treats these medical conditions.  

Adult circumcision also prevents smegma, a buildup of oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that can accumulate under the foreskin and lead to balanitis.   

If you are thinking of undergoing an adult circumcision procedure, it is important to do your research into what the procedure entails and the benefits and risks, so you can make an informed decision. 

You should also consider the costs involved in adult circumcision, so that you can plan financially for the procedure.  

The cost of circumcision varies by age 

The cost of adult circumcision is higher than the cost of getting circumcised as a child, so be sure that you investigate prices beyond what the procedure costs ‘start at’ on a clinic website.  

The procedure costs vary based on age if you are getting circumcised as an infant or child, with different age ranges incurring different costs. It is often split into those aged less than 2 months, 2 months – 6 months, 7 months – 9 months, 10 months –12 months, 1 year – 4 years, 5 years – 7 years, 8 years –10 years, 11 years –15 years, and 16 years – Adult.  

Once you are 16, the procedure counts as an adult circumcision and will be billed as such. The cost of adult circumcisions differs from clinic to clinic but will start at around $1,400.  

It is covered by Medicare 

Did you know that adult circumcision can be covered by Medicare? If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to claim a rebate on your procedure.  

The rebate for an adult circumcision procedure with a dorsal penile nerve block isis $226, lowering the out-of-pocket costs you’ll have to pay.  

Simply present your Medicare card to your clinic or submit a claim with the invoice of your procedure, and you can claim back this rebate (if eligible). 

Adult circumcision costs in Australia 

The cost of an adult circumcision procedure in Australia can vary depending on the clinic you choose. The procedure cost typically starts at $1,400 so it can be pricey depending on your budget. Some clinics offer payment plans to make the cost more manageable.  

At Circumcision Vasectomy Australia, the cost of an adult circumcision procedure is $1,421 at the time of writing this article. With the Medicare rebate, you can claim $226 so the out-of-pocket cost is lowered to $1,195, making it more affordable.  

The cost of the initial consultation with a doctor will be $80, with a Medicare rebate of $41, making the out-of-pocket cost $39. The cost of a consultation with a surgical assistant is free.  

There will be a no-show fee, so make sure that you inform the clinic if you cannot make it in advance, so you can rebook your appointment.  

If you have private health insurance, you may be able to claim the procedure through your health fund. You can contact your private health insurance provider to learn if your policy covers the procedure, and any out-of-pocket costs you will incur.  

What is included in your adult circumcision? 

The method used to perform your adult circumcision will vary clinic to clinic, but the most common procedure, which is accepted as best practice, is the Shang Ring method. This method involves placing a plastic ring around the foreskin which is tightened to cut off blood flow.  

You will return to the clinic in a week to have the Shang Ring removed, and your foreskin will fall off naturally. This procedure has the lowest risk of complications and only takes 10 minutes. Patients report high satisfaction with the cosmetic outcomes.  

At Circumcision Vasectomy Australia, we use the Shang Ring method due to the shorter operative time, lower interoperative pain score and less blood loss, lower wound bleeding rate and adverse event rate, and higher satisfaction with appearance.  

We also offer the stitches method, which is the conventional method. This procedure takes 30 minutes and has a faster recovery time than the Shang Ring by two weeks.  

All adult circumcision procedures are performed under local anaesthetic and performed by an experienced doctor.  

Choose Circumcision Vasectomy Australia for your adult circumcision 

At Circumcision Vasectomy Australia, our adult circumcision doctor is Dr. Shehab Abdalla, who has performed numerous procedures with minimal discomfort. Patients report that the only pain experienced is the small local anaesthetic needle injected, which comes with a small sting.  

All our procedures come with a 24-hour aftercare hotline for any queries after your procedure. We take your comfort seriously, and ensure we are here for you from consultation to recovery. Contact us now for a consultation or to book your adult circumcision procedure.