What is Circumcision?
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin (the skin covering the tip) of the penis. Circumcision is an ancient religious practice, and many parents choose to have their sons circumcised for both religious and health reasons. Circumcision is typically done during the first week after birth, and the procedure becomes more complicated and riskier in older babies, children and men.
Why is it Done?
While circumcision for medical reasons is an issue that continues to be debated, the procedure has a number of health benefits, including:
- A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
- A reduced risk of some sexually transmitted diseases in men.
- Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
- Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
- Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).
- Easier to keep the end of the penis clean.
What are the Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with circumcision. The risk level is low, and problems associated with circumcision include:
- Bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision
- Irritation of the glans
- Increased risk of meatitis (inflammation of the opening of the penis)
- Risk of injury to the penis
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks.
Find out more about circumcision by calling Signature Urology Specialists today at (818) 643-2333 or booking an appointment online.