Whether or not to circ is a decision you must make after you have done your research.
If you decide to circ this is what will happen.
The little guy is strapped to a circ board, legs straight out and arm at appx. 60 degree angle along his sides. He is very unhappy, stretched out, and in the bright lights. He is crying as loud as he can. After a few minutes he will quite down.
The doc will then come in and use hemostats to grap the foreskin and open it up. He will then use a blunt probe and ensure there are no adhesions of the fore skinto the glans. Then once he is happy with that he will take a pair of hemostats and clamp them onto the foreskin from the end to the glans. Those will stay on for 5 minutes or so. When released that is where the initial incision will be made, which is bloodless because of the area being clamped. Than a gomco clamp and plastibell
will be used to finish the procedure. The plastic bell is left on and should fall off in about ten days. Afterwards there is some bleeding and you must watch for signs of infection.
When I worked in the nursery we had 3-4 different docs that would do the circs. A couple of them used no numbing agents and the guy screamed during the procedure. Another had us put EMLA on the guy and cover with an occlusive dressing for aout 30 min prior to the procedure. These guys would scream almost as much as the non-numbed ones, so it may have been more to make the doc feel good than the baby. And one doc did a lidocaine block at the base of the penis, just like a digital block. The guys would scream during the injection, but normally slept through the procedure.
From watching this numerous time I know there is pain. I have never talked to anyone that remembers their circ, but is that any reason to subject a 1 day old to it anyhow? I don't believe so. I feel every baby should be numbed prior to the procedure.
If you do decide to have him circ'ed, talk to the doc about pain control during the procedure. If he blows you off, talk to the nursery staff and see if any of the other docs use pain control and try to get one of them to do the circ.
I hope this helps you a little bit more in making an informed decision about circumcision. Most parents don't even think about it untill the morning of the procedure, and then have it done because of a "all the boys have it done" attitude.