Adult Circumcision

Adult Circumcision

Overview of Circumcision

A circumcision is the surgery that is done to remove the skin that covers the tip of the penis. It is very common for newborns in parts of the world, like the United State. Circumcision in adults is a more complicated procedure, but it can be done. You are typically able to go home the day of the procedure, but you will not be fully healed for nearly three weeks. This is most commonly done for health and hygiene reasons in adults. It also decreases the risk of penile cancer, problems, and various diseases.

Why Is a Circumcision Done?

In most cases, a circumcision is done as a religious ritual, family tradition, or for health and hygiene. In some cases, there is a medical need for the circumcision. An example of this would be, id the foreskin is too tight to be retracted.

Some of the health benefits include: hygiene, decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, decreased risk of urinary tract infections, decreased risk of penile cancer, or prevention of penile problems.

This procedure makes it much easier to wash. There are ways to properly clean, but it may be more difficult.

It is also very important to practice safe sexual practices, but men who are not circumcised will experience an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV.

Urinary tract infections in men are rare, but are more common in men that are not circumcised. If a younger male experiences frequent infection, then it can lead to kidney problems later in life.

Cancer that is found in the penis is very rare, but it is more common in men that are not circumcised. It is also less common in females that have circumcised partners to develop cervical cancer.

If the foreskin does not retract, also known as phimosis, it can lead to inflammation of the penis and foreskin.

Typically, the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risk. If you are curious about the risks and advantages of a circumcision, then contact our office. Our physicians will be able to consult with you and see if this is the proper procedure for you. If you have any other health conditions or on any medications, you will want to speak with your physician about this as well.

Risks of a Circumcision

There are very few risks associated with the circumcision. The most common things you may experience are bleeding or infection. Additionally, you may experience side effects from the anesthesia, but this is also very rare.

It is very rare, but in some cases, the foreskin may have problems after the circumcision. If the procedure is not done properly, then it may be cut too long or too short. It may not heal properly. In severe cases, the foreskin may reattach to the end of the penis, If this occurs, then another minor surgery may be required.

If you are experiencing a fever of over 101 degrees, vomiting, nausea, or uncontrolled pain, then call our office immediately. It is also important to call our office as soon as you notice an infection is beginning. If these problems are caught early, then the complications can be avoided.

Preparing for a Circumcision

Before the procedure, your physician will go over the advantages and disadvantages of the circumcision. The evening before your surgery, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything. If you take any medications with food or drink, you will need to discuss this with your physician. You cannot be on any blood thinners during this procedure.

Circumcision will typically require anesthesia. You will be placed on your back and the penis and surrounding areas will be thoroughly cleaned. Then an anesthetic will be injected into the base of the penis or even applied everywhere as a cream. Then a special clamp will be attached to the penis and then the foreskin will be removed.

Once the foreskin has been removed, it will be covered with an ointment. The procedure will last a total of less than ten minutes. Recovery in men will last longer than in newborns. In most cases, circumcision is done within ten days of birth. In newborns, the recovery is much quicker. In most cases, you are able to go home on the same day as your procedure.

It will take about seven to ten days for you to heal. It will likely be very sore, and will appear to be very red, bruised, and swollen. There may be a small amount of yellow fluid. You will want to wash regularly while you are cleaning.

If you notice any problems, then you will want to contact your physician. You should be making sure that you have a normal urination within twelve hours of the procedure. Also make sure that there is not consistent bleeding and no foul-smelling drainage.

If you are uncomfortable, then you can apply an ice pack to the affected area for about twenty minutes every two hours. Put a piece of fabric in between the ice and the skin. You must make sure that the area stays clean. The day after the procedure, your physician may request that you come back so that they can change the dressings. A full recovery will take about three weeks. You may want to take one week off of work, and take plenty of time off of strenuous activities. It may take four weeks for you to resume exercising.

You may experience mild pain. You will likely be given a pain reliever, or may be recommend to get an over-the-counter pain reliever. Your physician will likely also prescribe you an antibiotic, which will aid in preventing a possible infection.

Through this procedure, it is important to keep your physician in the know with every step of the procedure. Before the procedure, ask any questions that you can think of. When you are recovering, be sure to have everything approved through your physician. If you need help cleaning the dressings, do not hesitate to call our office.

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