Circumcision is the surgical removal of the retractable fold of skin covering the tip of the penis. It is a fairly common procedure in certain parts of the world, including the United States. Most of the time, circumcision is performed shortly after birth, but the procedure is also possible after the newborn period. However, it usually is more complex afterward. Although circumcision remains a personal decision for any man, the right urologist Los Angeles, CA, can make the difference in how you respond to this standard procedure.
Why would I need to get circumcised?
For many Jewish, Islamic, and certain aboriginal tribes in Africa and Australia, circumcision is a religious or cultural ritual. The procedure can also be a matter of preventive healthcare, personal hygiene, or family tradition. Circumcision may also be due to a medical need, like when the foreskin is too tight and won’t pull back or retract over the glans. Sometimes circumcision is recommended in older boys or men to lower the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections.
Health benefits of circumcision.
There are various health benefits of being circumcised; they include:
- Decreased risk of infections. Men have a lower risk of urinary tract infections than women, but these infections are more common in uncircumcised males. Severe infections during childhood can result in kidney problems in the future. But circumcision helps lower this risk. Additionally, circumcised men might have a lower risk of sexually transmitted infections like HIV, but safe sexual practices remain essential.
- Easier hygiene. Circumcised men find it easier to wash their penis. However, boys that are not circumcised can be taught how to wash their foreskin to ensure it’s clean.
- Prevention of penile problems. Occasionally, the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis can be too tight, making it impossible to retract. This may result in inflammation of the head or tip of the penis.
- Lower risk of penile cancer. Cancer of the penis is rare, but it is even less common in circumcised men. Additionally, female sexual partners of circumcised men are less likely to have cervical cancer.
What happens during circumcision?
Newborn circumcision often occurs in the hospital nursery, mostly ten days after birth. For this procedure, your newborn son will lie on his back for the provider to clean the penis and the surrounding area. The doctor will then inject an anesthetic into the base of the penis or may apply topical cream to numb the area. Once the medication takes effect, the doctor attaches a special clamp or plastic ring to the penis and removes the foreskin.
They will cover the penis with an ointment like petroleum jelly or a topical antibiotic before wrapping loosely with gauze. Circumcision in older boys and adults is similar, but the procedure might need to be done under general anesthesia. The risk of complications is also greater when circumcision is done later in life, and recovery may take longer.
Recovery after circumcision
Your baby will only require seven to 10 days for its penis to heal. The tip of the penis will be sore, and the penis may appear red, bruised, and swollen. Your newborn might get fussy as the anesthesia wears off; hold him gently while being careful not to exert pressure on the penis. If there’s a plastic ring, it will drop off on its own usually within a week.
For further questions about male circumcision, consult your specialist at Atlas Men’s Clinic.
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