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Circumcision - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Circumcision? Medical Advantages : Moe Information :

What is Circumcision?

Circumcision is the process of surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the head of the penis. Circumcision is an ancient practice, which has its origin in religious rites. So even today, many parents get their sons circumcised mostly for religious reasons.This painful surgical procedure is performed mostly without anesthesia on the first or second day after the birth of the child. However, the Jewish people do circumcision on the 8th day after the birth.

During circumcision the foreskin of the penis is first freed from the penis head and the excess foreskin is then clipped off. When done on a newborn, this procedure takes no more than 5 to 19 minutes. However, as this procedure gets complicated and riskier when done on children, older babies and men, adult circumcision take approximate about an hour. Circumcision usually heals up with 7 to 10 days, leaving no scars on the penis.

Medical Advantages :

The medical advantages of doing circumcision is a highly debated topic. Although it has been found that the health benefits of newborn circumcision outweigh the risk of this procedure, but the benefits are also not so great that one can recommend it universally among all newborn males. Generally circumcision is recommended for older boys and men to treat conditions like phimosis, whereby the patient finds pain in retracting his penile foreskin. Or at times it is also conducted for treating infections on the head of the penis.

Some of the advantages of doing circumcision are that it decreases the chances of getting affected with a urinary infection and it also reduces the chances of getting infected with certain sexually transmitted diseases. It is also believed that circumcision lessens the risk of developing penile cancer in men and reduces the risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners of the person who has been circumcised.Apart from this circumcision prevents inflammation of the glans (balanitis) and of the penile foreskin (balanoposthitis).

Moe Information :

Circumcision also aids in preventing phimosis and paraphimosis and helps in keeping the head of the penis clean. The most commonplace complications that arise out of this procedure are infection and bleeding. Sometimes when the foreskin is cut too short or even too long, it can create a problem on the person. Other complications associated with this procedure are that the foreskin may fail to heal properly or the remaining foreskin might get reattached to the end of the penis, which then requires minor surgical repair.

So always consult your surgeon before getting a circumcision done on your newborns.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have done my circumcision 28 days back. Only one stich is there. And my dout is the glans colour start changed from red to light pink colour. Some part of the glans still producing yellowish substance. Is it due to infection. Shall I keep the bandage until the swelling is gone.

Kindly get the stitch removed as it seems to be a long absorbable suture. Probably it is the cause of your yellowish discharge. Keep it open if possible and application of Neosporin ointment will help. Thanks.

Is there any term like partial circumcision, I have a tight foreskin but I do not want to remove the whole foreskin. Is it possible to circumcised only the little front foreskin which is tight or the whole front foreskin need to remove.

Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Circumcision is not completely removing the foreskin. Foreskin is just cut so as to make it completely retractable. I suggest telephonic counseling for you. you can co...
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I did my circumcision last week and the doctor advised me to remove the dressing the next day. And I noticed a lump on the bottom tip of my penis. I thought it was normal and as day went it was painful so I went to the doctor the 5th day and he said it will be like that only. But I wasn't satisfied with his explanation so please kindly help me.

Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Your surgeon is the only person who can comment on that aspect because he did the surgery. If you want second opinion, please share the image of the affected part or c...
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