Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the foreskin, which is the skin that covers the head of the penis.
This is one of the most commonly performed procedures worldwide. Circumcision is typically carried out for various reasons, including cultural, religious, or personal preferences, as well as medical reasons.
Health Benefits of Circumcision
While individual circumstances and personal choice play a significant role in the decision to undergo this procedure, here are some of the health benefits circumcision offers:
Circumcision may make genital hygiene easier. Without the foreskin, there is less likelihood of bacteria and it reduces the buildup of dead skin cells and secretions accumulating under the foreskin, minimizing the risk of infections and irritations.
Reduced Risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Although UTIs are not recurrent in males, they are usually more common in uncircumcised males. UTIs can be painful, and if left untreated, can lead to more serious complications such as kidney problems.
Lower Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Circumcised patients may have less risk of certain STIs, such as HIV. It is important to note that safe sexual practices, such as condom use, remain essential in reducing the risk of STIs.
Decreased Penile Problem Risk
Circumcision has been associated with a lower incidence of conditions such as phimosis, which is when it results in very difficult or impossible to retract the foreskin, resulting in a decreased risk of complications related to these problems such as difficulty with hygiene, discomfort, and inflammation.
Circumcision is a procedure that can be performed in a day, and you won’t have to stay overnight.
During the procedure, the following steps are typically involved:
1. Anesthesia: You will be given either local or general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
2. Preparation: The genital area will be cleaned and prepared.
3. Tissue Removal: Your surgeon will first separate the foreskin from the head of the penis, then, the excess foreskin will be cut away using a scalpel or surgical scissors.
4. Surgical Closure: The remaining edges of the skin will be sutured together using stitches or surgical adhesive.
Recovery After Surgery
Recovery from circumcision is an easy process. Your doctor will provide you with indications on how to take care of your incision and manage the pain after the procedure.
You may experience discomfort and swelling around the head of your penis for 3 to 4 days after the procedure.
You will also be advised to avoid heavy physical activities such as demanding exercise, and sexual activity, for a few weeks.
If you begin to notice that you have trouble urinating, increased pain, bleeding, and signs of infection, contact your doctor immediately.