Circumcision Q & A
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a common surgical procedure in which Dr. Michel and the team remove the foreskin surrounding the tip of the penis. Physicians typically remove the foreskin during childhood, but many men decide to wait until they are adults, to go through with the procedure.
There are many reasons adults choose to become circumcised, including those for religious, aesthetics, hygienic, and medical purposes. Some men have also undergone circumcisions elsewhere and commonly visit the doctors at Comprehensive Urology to improve their cosmetic and functional outcomes, as Dr. Michel and his team use advanced plastic surgical techniques to create optimal results for patients.
What are the benefits of circumcision?
Circumcision offers many cosmetic and health benefits for men, including:
Research shows that circumcised men have a far lower risk of contracting HIV and syphilis chancroid — an infection that causes ulceration of the lymph nodes in the groin. The foreskin can also make it easier to transmit HIV to others.
Circumcision also helps prevent paraphimosis, which causes restricted blood flow and swelling due to tightened foreskin around the penis.
According to statistics, circumcision reduces your risk of contracting infections by as much as 10% to 14%. Having foreskin creates a moist environment for bacteria to thrive, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Circumcision even reduces your risk of balanoposthitis, a condition that results from a bacterial infection, leading to inflammation and pain in the foreskin.
Cancer risk reduction
While penile cancer is rare, it typically develops in the foreskin. Circumcision reduces your risk of penile cancer by three or four times.
Many men undergo circumcision during adulthood because it gives the penis a smoother appearance, particularly when erect. Some men who have undergone a prior circumcision during their childhood or adulthood and are not happy with their cosmetic results often consult Dr. Michel and his team at Comprehensive Urology who provide advanced plastic surgical techniques and can help them achieve better cosmetic and functional outcomes.
What happens during a circumcision?
Most circumcisions typically take between 30 and 45 minutes. Patients are fully sedated and are very comfortable during the procedure.
All circumcisions are done as an outpatient basis and patients go home the same day. Most often patients undergoing circumcisions have minimal to no pain post-operatively.
How will I recover after a circumcision?
The team bandages your penis before you leave the surgical center to manage your swelling and protect the incisions against bacteria. Thanks to the minimally invasive nature of circumcision, your penis should heal within a few weeks.
While you may experience some spraying when urinating for the first few days following the procedure, it shouldn’t be painful in any way. You can resume sexual activity about six weeks after your circumcision, but wait until the incisions fully heal to prevent tearing.
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