Circumcision is widespread among many, especially in the USA, the Middle East, and some parts of Africa. Circumcision is the removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis. It’s a common procedure in male children and adults.
All male children are borne with a hood on top of their penis, commonly known as the foreskin. When the foreskin is removed, and it exposes the head of the penis. It’s a quick procedure that is mostly done in outpatient as it has minimal bleeding, and no stitches are required. Once the surgery is done, a bandage is placed around the wound, and it will heal itself within a period of 7 -10 days.
Depending on the religion, culture, or personal reason you might have, circumcision is not a must. New medical studies have revealed that circumcision is beneficial as it lowers many risks of infection.
Preparing for circumcision
Once you have made a decision to go for the circumcision, or made the decision for your newborn baby, look for a qualified doctor to perform the surgery. For babies, the operation is performed by an obstetrician, but it can also be done with a surgeon, urologist, pediatric surgeon, and even a pediatrician.
In some religions, newborn babies are expected to be circumcised on the first and second day after birth. However, before the procedure takes place, the doctor has to examine the child to ensure there are healthy enough for the process. If the baby is found with any problems, the system will be kept on hold until they are stable enough.
Before the surgery is done, one is required to sign a form noting they understand the terms of the surgery. It takes about 10-30 minutes to complete the operation. Once the surgery is over, one is monitored for some time before being discharged.
Be it a child or an adult, and one is given an anesthetic that is for numbing the penis. It helps relieves pain during the process. As they wait for the anesthetic to take effect penis and the skin surrounding it are cleaned and disinfected correctly.
Depending on the doctor’s experience, circumcision is done in many ways. They include:
- The Gomco clamp-this is a type of equipment used to separate the foreskin from the tip and head of the penis.
- The Mogen-it also separates the head of the penis with a probe. The foreskin is pulled out of the head. It’s inserted through a metal clamp with a slot in it.
- The plastibell technique- it uses a similar procedure of the Gomco clamp procedure.
After the surgery
There is little bleeding during the circumcision, no matter the method used. The doctor applies petroleum jelly on top of the penis and secures it with a bandage. It will take about 7-10 days to heal completely; before it improves, the tip of the penis will always look raw or yellowish.
If you experience any abnormal symptoms like bleeding, fever, swelling, and redness on the penis, visit, or call the doctor immediately.