One of the fist questions your pediatrician may ask you after your son’s birth is whether you plan to have him circumcised. Although this procedure is a relatively common surgical procedure at the time of birth, there are many factors, such as your culture, religion, and personal preference, that will be involved in your decision to have this procedure done later in life. During the circumcision process, the foreskin of the penis covers the glans, or head, of the penis and is removed during the surgery which exposes the end of the penis. Circumcising after the newborn period can be more intricate; however, we are able to help you achieve your desired outcome at any age.
I have included a few “Pros” and some “Mild Risks” associated with this procedure. It is important to be well informed before making this decision.
• Circumcised children and men are less likely to develop Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
• Circumcised men are lower at risk for penile cancer
• Some studies show that circumcision may provide an additional line of defense against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
• Irritation, Inflammation, and Infection are not common when circumcised
• Circumcised penises are easier to keep clean and infection free
• Complications of newborn circumcision is uncommon
• AAP reports that “the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks”
• Risk of bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision can present itself if home care is not being followed as directed
• Irritation of glans can occur but is not a common issue
• Risk of injury to the penis is always a standing risk, but by choosing the right doctor, you will prevent concerns related to injury
• It can be an uncomfortable procedure so local anesthetic and a topical cream are provided. Please note that some individuals are allergic to anesthesia.