Everything you wanted to know about circumcision

For the unversed, circumcision is the procedure done to remove the foreskin that covers the head of the penis. While many parents consider circumcision for infants due to religious reasons, there are also reasons to consider the procedure. Circumcision is usually done within two days of birth, although in many cultures, it is common to do the process on the eighth day. If you are an adult and are wondering if circumcision could help your concerns, consider seeing a urologist. Get help from an experienced doctor before you make a decision.

What is the procedure like?

During a circumcision, the doctor will free the foreskin from the head of the penis and clip it off. Doctors usually use a numbing cream when circumcising an infant, but for adults, a local anesthetic agent is used. The procedure starts with cleaning and clamping the penis, following which the doctor will remove the foreskin. A special ointment or petroleum jelly is applied to the area, following which the penis is wrapped with gauze.

How long does a circumcision take?

If a newborn is being circumcised, the procedure doesn’t take more than 15 minutes. Adult circumcision can take an hour or more. 

What is the recovery time like?

 It takes five to seven days for the penis to heal. It is essential to change diapers in infants every few hours and rewrap the penis with gauze. Adults should always wear loose underwear after circumcision. As an adult, you will need more time to heal, and your doctor will usually ask you to take pain meds. Ensure that you drink enough liquids within 24 hours of circumcision. You can expect to return to your routine within ten days, although your urologist will ask you to wait for at least six weeks before you go for strenuous activities.

When should you call a doctor?

If you have any trouble peeing or have bleeding from the penis, call your doctor right away. You should seek medical care if there is an unusual discharge or if you have a fever.

Should an adult consider circumcision?

There is some research that shows that newborn male circumcision can help prevent penile cancer and certain UTIs and STIs. An adult may consider circumcision if they have phimosis. Talk to your doctor and discuss all relevant aspects before considering the procedure. There are also other factors related to your religion and culture that may have an impact on your decision.

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