Circumcision is a surgical procedure that entails the removal of the skin covering the penis tip. In certain parts of the world, including the United States, circumcision is pretty standard for newborn male infants. Circumcision for adults is also possible, but it might create a lot of complications. Among certain religions, circumcision is a sacred ritual, and families perform them as a tradition. It is also carried out as part of preventive health measures and personal hygiene.
What Is Circumcision?
The penis head is covered with a hood of skin called the foreskin. In circumcision, the foreskin is removed surgically, uncovering the penis tip. Most circumcisions are performed within the first ten days of a baby's birth. The circumcision can be done at a hospital by a pediatrician or a general physician or at home with religious rituals. As for babies born prematurely or having special medical concerns, they can be circumcised later.
Health Benefits of Circumcision
- Circumcision makes hygiene easier for males
- The chances of developing urinary tract infections decreases
- Circumcised males may have a lower risk of certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- Penile problems such as inflammation of the penis head or foreskin can be prevented.
- The possibility of penile cancer reduces
The Procedure for Circumcision
The circumcision is often done in the operation room, usually within ten days after a baby's birth. First, the penis and the surrounding areas are cleaned, and then an anesthetic will be given into the base of the penis, or numbing cream is applied. A clamp will be attached to the penis, and the foreskin will be removed. Afterward, a topical antibiotic is used, and the penis is wrapped with the cotton gauze. Generally, the entire surgery is completed in about ten minutes.
After the Procedure
It usually takes seven to ten days for the penis to heal. At first, the tip of the penis is likely to be sore, and it may look red, bruised, or swollen. A small amount of yellow fluid may be present on the penis tip. If the baby seems fussy and distressed, hold him gently and avoid putting pressure on the penis. You can change the bandage often and ensure the diaper is kept loose. Once the penis heals, wash it with soap and water. Contact our office when you notice the following conditions.
- Normal urination doesn't resume within twelve hours of the circumcision
- There is persistent bleeding
- There is foul-smelling discharge from the tip of the penis
- The plastic clamp does not come off even two weeks after the circumcision
To learn more about our circumcision procedures, visit our office, Healthy Kidz Pediatrics, at 215 S Power Rd #106, Mesa, AZ 85206. You can also reach us at (480) 214-0051.