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A 39-year-old member asked:

can circumcision go wrong?

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Dr. Brian Golden
Urology 21 years experience
Life Is Uncertain: Can {fill in the blank} go wrong? Yes, of course. All procedures have a risk of complications. Just like there is a risk of having a car accident while driving a familiar route. Circumcision is a generally safe, easy procedure. But sometimes the unexpected can happen.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Unlikely: If circumcision performed by an experienced & careful surgeon. Surgeon needs to be careful reading removal of correct amount of skin & meticulous regarding hemostasis (control of bleeding).

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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, .
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Also what are the different religious beliefs on circumcision?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Different: Jews and muslims are for it, because torah and koran support it. Christianity and other religions (major ones) don't support for religious purposes. I am not sure about some "minor" cults, though.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Also fundamental Baptists follow biblical teachings and circumcise. Many African tribes circumcise as a right of passage to manhood, this might be considered religious. Anciet Egyptians according to murals in tombs in Valley of the Nobles, practiced circumcision possibly to remain in favor with the gods.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the healthiest circumcision style?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Sleeve resection: For adults, and plastibell circumcision in infants.

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