Frenuloplasty & Circumcision
What Is Circumcision?
Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is the fold of skin covering the end of the penis, which can be gently pulled back. Circumcision may be performed for:
• religious reasons – circumcision is a common practice in the Jewish and Islamic faiths
• medical reasons, although alternative treatments are usually preferred to circumcision
When Would I Need a Circumcision?
Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) is a skin condition that can only be cured with circumcision. Howeer, the condition is rare in children and usually affects adults. BXO can cause hardening and inflammation of the penis, usually affecting the foreskin and tip of the penis. It causes symptoms such as:
• difficulties passing urine
• pain when passing urine
• itchiness and soreness of the penis
In cases of BXO that primarily affect the foreskin, circumcision is usually the most effective treatment, and often results in a complete cure.
How Is Circumcision Performed?
The circumcision procedure is relatively simple. The foreskin is removed with a scalpel, scissors or a surgical clamp. Any bleeding is cauterised (closed using heat), and the remaining edges of skin are stitched together using dissolvable stitches. After circumcision, there may be some pain and swelling, and the penis will be easily irritated until it heals.
The healing process can take up to 7 to 10 days in babies, and up to 4 to 6 weeks in older boys and men. Read more about recovering from circumcision. If there are signs of any bleeding or infection after a circumcision, speak to your GP. Complications are rare when circumcision is performed for medical reasons, but there are some risks of circumcision which should be considered.
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