Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis. Approximately 75% of male circumcisions are performed in newborn boys in the United States. Circumcision is not a medically necessary procedure and is often done for religious or cultural reasons. There are also many health benefits including:
- Hygiene- easier to keep the penis clean.
- Lower risk of urinary tract infections- infections are more common in uncircumcised men.
- Evidence supports circumcision preventing HIV transmission in men having intercourse with women.
Adult circumcision is recommended to men suffering from recurrent health problems with their penis. Some men choose this to have this done for personal reasons as well. It is important to choose an experienced urologist to perform the procedure. It is generally performed in our in-house Surgery Center under anesthesia. There should be no pain during the procedure, and you will receive pain medication during the healing process. Risks are not common but may include infection or bleeding. Erections should not be affected following recovery.