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What do you think about male infant circumcision?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Well: My mom always said that if i cannot say anything nice, don't say anything at all. For some, however, they are done as part of a culture or religion.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
OK if father circ'd: Then no explanations necessary as to why father and son are different if only one is circ'd. Circumcision is always best performed, with least morbidity in infancy. Howeever there is no real meical indication for circumcision and thus is primarily a personal, family or social decision. Either way both decisions, whether to circumcise or not to circumcise are correct & neither is wrong.
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Prevention: Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, a small flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis, generally performed in the days after birth. Examination of scientific studies between 1995 and now shows links between circumcision and decreased risks for urinary tract infections, some kinds of cancer, hpv, hiv, and other sexually transmitted diseases. There is a preventative effect.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
So he looks lk daddy: Personal choice is the main issue behind circumcision today. Most of my parents who chose to or not to do so because daddy went thru the procedure. Frequency varies over the world. 30% france/australia 10% britain (not covered on nhi plan)~80% us with regional variation. The only boys i see with uti's are not, but that is uncommon. There is some data suggesting less risk of std's.

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How long does it for male circumcision to heal in a toddler and in an infant?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Month vs wk or so: A circumcision done around the time of birth is usually well healed by the 2 wk visit & usually requires only local anesthesia. In a toddler they usually require a general anesthesia, a different method and 4 to 6 weeks for healing.

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