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how important is circumcision?

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Dr. James Lin
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Here are some ...: Circumcision, like any surgery, is the last resort of taking care of recurrent chronic / acute inflammation from infection or poor hygiene which has failed to respond to conservative topical Rx / care. It can be done under local, usually with good outcome and help to solve the bother from long tight foreskin. More? Ask Doc timely.

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Should we circumcise the baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Personal choice: In the US circumcision is commonplace, 80-90 %, France 30%, Australia 30%, great Britain 10% (not covered by national health insurance). There is data suggesting increased life risks of UTI & STD if not & I remember it being the most requested elective surgery among young enlisted men during my Navy years. If it is done at all it is easiest and heals quickest in newborns.
A 21-year-old member asked:

For what reasons do you perform circumcisions?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Because you ask: Circumcisions are a personal choice common to various religious or cultural practices. They are common to some parts of the world and not other. They are simple and heal rapidly in newborns but become problamatic as you get older. There are some supportive data on uti's & std's. In the end it is a matter of personal choice.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor performs a circumcision?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: Depends where you are. In some locales, the pediatricians do them, while in others the ob's do them. Depends on who has kept their training up. I, for instance, haven't done one for 12 years, so it wouldn't be me, but the ob's are happy to do them. A few family practice docs will do them, especially the "old time ones", and ones in rural areas, .
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the healthiest circumcision style?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Sleeve resection: For adults, and plastibell circumcision in infants.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you please explain why circumcision is important?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Religion & hygiene: Essential for muslims, jews & many other cultures. Imporant for hygiene if foreskin can not be retracted, but skin does not normally retract until well into childhood. Penile cancer is virtually always related to poor penile hygiene. Studies in africa have shown that circumcision could prevent 50% of hiv/aids cases.

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