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Circumcision

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If you have decided for your newborn or for yourself to undergo a circumcision procedure, Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital has highly skilled specialists able to perform this procedure under the safest and most modern conditions. With extensive experience in numerous medical treatments and surgeries, our urologists are the best choice for you when it comes to high rates of success.

Circumcision is the surgical removal of part or all of the foreskin covering the glans of the penis. In certain cultures of the world, it is a mark of religious identity, normally performed on newborns and infants. In the case of older children and adults, it is mostly performed for health-related, hygienic, or aesthetic reasons. Different conditions such as recurrent balanitis (the swelling of the foreskin or glans of the penis), phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin over the glans of the penis), infections of the glans, or penile birth defects may require circumcision as the treatment of choice.

Circumcision is a relatively simple surgical procedure, usually performed in an outpatient setting, but more complex cases may require an overnight stay in hospital.

It gmostly requires local or general anesthesia and only takes 10 to 30 minutes to perform. During surgery, the following steps are usually undertaken:

  • You will check into the hospital and change into a medical gown
  • You will be brought to a surgical suite and placed under local or general anesthesia
  • The surgeon will make a small incision to remove the foreskin right behind the glans using surgical clamp techniques or other specialized devices
  • The remaining edges of the skin will be stitched together with dissolvable stitches. Modern clamp techniques significantly reduce the need for stitches and result in a much neater scar.

Recent studies have shown that circumcision may significantly reduce the rate of HIV (by approximately 60% according to World Health Organization statistics) and HPV infections.

Additionally, circumcision makes it much easier to maintain proper penile hygiene and may diminish the risk of urinary tract infections.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has also found that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, stating that families who chose to have their newborns circumcised should be allowed access to this procedure.

It normally takes from 7 to 10 days for the penis to heal completely. Following the procedure, the penis may be swollen and reddened. You may feel a burning sensation while urinating and mild to moderate pain that can be easily controlled with pain medicines. The risk of complications is low and may include:

  • Fever
  • Infections
  • Bleeding at the incision site
  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • Numbness of the incision area
  • Incomplete or uneven removal of the foreskin