Male Circumcision

Male Circumcision

What is Male Circumcision?

Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the the foreskin that is covering the gland (head) of the penis. It is a common procedure throughout the world and can be performed due to religious, medical or cosmetic reasons. 

Why is it performed?

Although the primary demand for the male circumcision is due to religious reasons (it is a religious and/or cultural ritual among Jews, Muslims and certain African and Australian aboriginal tribes), it can also be performed due to medical and even aesthetic reasons. 

Some patients might have a foreskin that is too tight to be retracted over the glans, and in those cases circumcision is recommended for the patients. Furthermore, there are several other benefits of circumcision such as;

-reduced risk of sexually transmitted infections
-reduced risk of urinery infections
-reduced risk of penile cancer

How is the operation performed and what to do afterwards?

Circumcision is a minor procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia and requires no hospital stay. It takes around 10 days for penis to heal after the operation, for this duration the gland can be sore and the penis might look red, swollen and even bruised. The discomfort and swelling around the gland can last for 3-4 days after the operation. Patients can wash their penis as it heals but they should avoid having sex for 4 weeks. 

Patients should wear loose and light clothes for few days after the operation to avoid irritating the penis, and they can apply vaseline to prevent it from sticking to the underwear.

The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.

Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long­ term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.

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