CIRCUMCISION

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Nurse Angie Hagen tends to a new born baby boy in the nursery at Denver Health medical facility in Denver on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Colorado will end coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid next month, adding to what's become a national debate over the once widely-accepted procedure. The change will take effect July 1. Lawmakers agreed to end funding as part of a package of cuts to balance the budget. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure performed to remove the skin that covers the tip of a male’s penis.

Why is a circumcision needed?

Circumcision is a very common surgical procedure performed normally on male babies. Initially it began as a religious practice among jews and muslims but now many people prefer getting circumcised due to countless benefits of the procedure. Some of those benefits are:

  • Circumcision reduces your chances of getting serious penile disorders like balanitis, balanoposthitis, paraphimosis and phimosis.
  • The procedure also lowers your possibilities of getting penile cancer.
  • Risks of getting diagnosed with urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases reduces for people who are circumcised.
  • Circumcision makes it easier to maintain hygiene of the penile area.

Which age is the best to get circumcision?

According to what surgeons usually recommend, circumcision should be done within the first few weeks after a baby’s birth. But if someone in their teens or even older than that decides to get circumcised the procedure can be easily done. Circumcision is not commonly performed for older males, so one must connect with a General Surgeon in Lahore to know about the complications or risks that the procedure may behold for older males.

What does the procedure of circumcision look like?

After you reach the hospital on the circumcision day you and your baby will be taken to the procedure room. The surgery will begin after the doctor lays your baby on their back on a table and restrain their hands and legs. Then a shot of numbing medication will be given orally to the baby. In some cases doctors may apply a topical numbing cream to the penis too. A clamp or ring will then be attached to the penis and the doctor will free the foreskin from the penis head and clamp the extra skin. After clamping the skin they will apply petroleum jelly or topical antibiotics and wrap the surgical site loosely with a gauze. The entire procedure hardly takes 15 to 20 minutes and the baby is free to go home in an hour or two after the procedure.

For older people who get circumcised, the procedure stays the same but they may require general anesthesia. Their recovery period may also be longer than babies and their chances of complications are higher.

What are the after care guidelines for circumcision?

At first the operated penis may look sore and bruised but it will eventually get better. You are to wash the penis only with soapy water and nothing else. For babies who are in pain after the procedure paracetamol is recommended. And with every diaper change application of petroleum jelly or other prescription medication is recommended. Reapplication of gauze is also necessary so that the wound doesn’t touch the diaper’s surface. Diapers should also be very loosely fastened. The wound will heal on its own within 7 to 10 days and the ring will also come off.

For older people who get circumcised, they must wear loose underwear keep the dressing on until their doctor advises them to take it off, and take antibiotics as prescribed. Staying at home and avoiding strenuous activities like running, weightlifting or biking after the procedure is also recommended.

If after the procedure your baby’s urination doesn’t normalize after 24 hours, they have a fever, their wound is bleeding or they have blisters around the wound you must immediately consult a General Surgeon in Islamabad.