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What Is Circumcision?

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Circumcision refers to the process of surgical removal of foreskin (skin covering the tip of penis) from the penis. 

Why is it done?

The process is required when the foreskin becomes too tight to be retracted or pulled back over the glans (head of the penis).

Circumcision refers to the process of surgical removal of foreskin (skin covering the tip of penis) from the penis. 

Why is it done?

The process is required when the foreskin becomes too tight to be retracted or pulled back over the glans (head of the penis).

Usually, new-born babies go through this process for religious or personal reasons. Older children and adults go through it due to certain medical conditions.

This procedure is fruitful when it comes to personal hygiene and preventive health care. It comes with several benefits as well as risks. Talking about how long does it take to heal after circumcision, it can heal within a week’s time.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about circumcision.

Is circumcision painful?

It does cause some pain, but pain medications along with anaesthetics reduce the discomfort. The medications help during the process as well as afterward.

Why is circumcision important?

It comes with several benefits, some of which are:

Lower risk of sexually transmitted infections: The procedure also helps lower the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, Syphilis, etc. However, it is still essential to maintain safe sexual practices.

Better hygiene: Circumcision makes it possible to enjoy easy hygiene of the penis. It becomes simpler to wash the area.

Lower risk of urinary tract infections: Uncircumcised males may sometimes face such infections, calling for the need of circumcision. It is important to control these infections as they may cause kidney problems in the future.

Lowered risk of penile cancer: Not only does circumcision lower the risk of cancer of the penis, but it also reduces the chances of cervical cancer among females with circumcised sexual partners. (is this true?)

Decreased penile issues: Phimosis due to difficult retraction of the foreskin also calls for circumcision. This is to avoid inflammation of the head of the penis.

Is circumcision compulsory?

There may be doubts such as is circumcision necessary, or why do people get circumcised. Circumcision is very much avoidable with proper care for the penis. In fact, it’s certainly not an option when there are blood-clotting disorders. It is even inappropriate for premature babies or babies with penis-related abnormalities.

Again, this clinical procedure has no effect on fertility, or sexual pleasure for men and their partners.

What are the risks associated?

There can be chances of bleeding and infection. There’s also a possibility of side effects due to anaesthesia.

There can be foreskin-related issues, when the foreskin cut is too short or too long. Sometimes, the foreskin fails to heal properly, and at other times, remaining foreskin reattaches itself to the penis’ end. The latter case calls for the need of a minor surgical repair.

How is circumcision done – The process 

Traditional surgery: This type of circumcision involves pulling out of foreskin and opening the same with a clamp. The doctor then removes the adhesion between the glans and foreskin, then detaches the foreskin. For better coverage, he may place a circumcision device such as a plastibell, Shang ring or a gomco clamp. While this happens after giving local anaesthesia to the patient, shang ring serves as a device for better coverage.

Stapler circumcision: This is a new method for circumcision and uses a sterile, disposable, handheld device, circular stapler. Here, the stapling device cuts the foreskin and stitches the area with non-bioabsorbable skin staples.

Laser circumcision: In this latest method for circumcision, laser cuts the foreskin and self-dissolving stitches close the wound. This technique has benefits such as minimum blood loss, speedy recovery and better accuracy.

Post-operative care

Once the surgery is complete, the patient needs to rest for a few hours. The ring, if placed, usually falls out itself after 4-6 days. If non-absorbable stitches are there, the doctor removes the same after a week. 

When to contact the doctor?

There may be a need to consult the doctor when:

  • Urination does not normalize within 12 hours of circumcision.
  • Foul-smelling drainage appears from the tip of penis.
  • There’s unstoppable bleeding.
  • The plastic ring doesn’t drop off even after two weeks of the process.

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