Circumcision is a commonly performed procedure where the foreskin (a protective sleeve of skin that covers the head of the penis) is removed.
What are the reasons for circumcision:
- Phimosis. It is a condition where the foreskin is too narrow to pull back. This is normal for infants but is a problem for adults.
- Paraphimosis. Is a condition where the foreskin can not be return back to its original position. This could result in constriction of the penis and requires urgent treatment.
- Recurrent infections. Patients who have recurrent infections may benefit from circumcision
- Social, cultural or religious reasons as well as personal preferences.
What are the alternatives to circumcision?
- Frenuloplasty. Frenulum is the fold of skin at the under surface of the penis. A short frenulum can result in pain, discomfort and at times tearing and bleeding during intercourse. Frenuloplasty refers to a procedure where the frenulum is lengthened while the foreskin is preserved.
- Dorsal slit. During this procedure a vertical incision is made along the upper length of the foreskin, thus exposing the glans penis, without removing any foreskin.
What to expect after surgery?
Circumcision is often performed under general anesthetics and takes on average 30 minutes. Patients are usually able to go home on the same day and return to work within a few days after surgery. Patients should wear loose fitting briefs and should avoid sexual intercourse for approximately 4-6 weeks. The sutures are absorbable and do not require to be pulled out.