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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 the 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 overnight stay in hospital. It generally requires local or general anesthesia and only takes 10 to 30 minutes to perform. During surgery, the following steps are usually undertaken:
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:
Healthy newborns whose parents have decided to have them circumcised are the ideal candidates for this simple procedure with extremely low complication rates. Older children and adults with medical conditions affecting the foreskin may also be candidates for circumcision. Call us at 310.823.8911 to find answers to all your questions about this surgical procedure and schedule a consultation today!
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