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Dr. George Klauber
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Circumcision (Overview)

Keep your baby's penis clean and dry. The initial redness and swelling should improve over 1 -2 weeks. Avoid wiping or swabbing the wound area. If there is a dressing, change it according to your doctor's instructions.


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For what reasons do you perform circumcisions?

For what reasons do you perform circumcisions?

Controversial: Religous and personal reasons aside, do the medical benefits outweigh the risks? All reading of the data seem to support the benefits. But is that enough? Should we be doing procedures to minimize very rare conditions such as penile cancer? We need, I think, more substantial research data. ...Read more

Dr. George Klauber
428 Doctors shared insights

Circumcision (Overview)

Keep your baby's penis clean and dry. The initial redness and swelling should improve over 1 -2 weeks. Avoid wiping or swabbing the wound area. If there is a dressing, change it according to your doctor's instructions.


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What is circumcision?

What is circumcision?

Circumcision: Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin that covers the glans- tip of the penis. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. Circumcision is done primarily for religious and cultural reasons. Uncircumcised males can be kept clean with gentle cleaning of the tip of the penis. ...Read more

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What is circumcision?

What is circumcision?

Removal of foreskin: Performed on all jewish babies on 8th day of life, on all devout muslims before adulthood & majority of caucasian americans. It prevents smega collection under a foreskin, reduces risk of utis in 1st 6-months of life & risk of cancer in men with poor penile hygeine or inability to retract foreskin & significantly reduces risk of HIV in africa & possibly elsewhere.. ...Read more

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What is circumcision for?

What is circumcision for?

To remove foreskin: Circumcision is the act of removing the foreskin in a male. It is done for religious/cultural reasons, cosmetic purposes, and functional problems because the skin is too tight and results in painful erections or difficult urination. ...Read more

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Can circumcision go wrong?

Can circumcision go wrong?

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). ...Read more

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Do circumcisions hurt babies?

Do circumcisions hurt babies?

Yes: Some people don't believe babies feel pain. That is false they certainly feel pain. That is why we use lmx (4% Lidocaine cream) on outside of penis in a glove finger "condom" for 30 minutes before infant circumcisions to numb the outer skin, then apply 2% xylocaine (lidocaine) jelly under the foreskin once retracted. Are also given "sweetease" sugar solution to suck on, to reduce pain sensation. ...Read more

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How can circumcision be done?

Depends on variables: For newborns the boy is positioned on a restraint. The area is anesthetized with a local and sanitized with an antiseptic. The foreskin is cut open along the top and a metal clamp is applied that protects the glans and defines the limit of the circular cut. The excess foreskin is cut and removed, the clamp is then removed and the site covered with vasaline and gauze. Other methods are also used. ...Read more

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Is circumcision more healthy?

Is circumcision more healthy?

Circ: Very controversial, many believe cleaner...Some data showing lower rates of HIV transmission....No clear answer. ...Read more

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How important is circumcision?

How important is circumcision?

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. ...Read more

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Circumcision okay at older age?

Circumcision okay at older age?

Any age: If foreskin is tight (phimosis) or you change your religion. ...Read more

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What is Circumcision Revision?

What is Circumcision Revision?

Corrective surgery: A circumcision revision is a procedure done after a circumcision (removal of foreskin) to correct a problem with the original procedure. This can include a cosmetic issue with the appearance or leaving too much of the foreskin behind after circumcision. It is important to consider whether or not the appearance is truly that bad as another surgery may not always improve the results. ...Read more

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Is circumcision right for boys?

Is circumcision right for boys?

Preventative if any: Circ rates run 0-80% depending on cultural, religious& healthcare practices around the world. The only males with uti's I've treated in 3 decades were uncircumcised & often <2mo old. You'll never have a trapped glans (paraphimosis) or cancer of the removed area. In the end, its more cultural than need. I view it similar to piercing ears but with a few potential health benefits. ...Read more

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Should I get adult circumcision?

Should I get adult circumcision?

If foreskin tight: Circumcision will take care of phimosis (tight foreskin). Adults may respond to applications os prescription strength steroid cream applied to tight skin twice daily for 2-3 months. However, circumcision is much more reliable and definitive. ...Read more

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Can a circumcision be done wrong?

Can a circumcision be done wrong?

Definitely: As with any surgical procedure, things can always go wrong such as bleeding, infection, scarring, etc. Even if the procedure is done perfectly, there are patient medical conditions that may not allow optimal wound healing such as the ones listed above. ...Read more

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How common is adult circumcision?

How common is adult circumcision?

Very common: Most urologists taking care of adults perform lots of circumcisions. Adult urologists at our hospital perform 1 - 200 such procedures every year. ...Read more

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Can circumcision be traumatizing?

Can circumcision be traumatizing?

Can be traumatic: Immediate traumatic effects may include scarring, hemorrhage, and infection. Several studies of newborns implicate that trauma of pain of circumcision can leave behavioral changes, some difficulty in mother infant relationship. Circumcisions are painful. A lot depends on anesthesia and sedation. Should consult pediatrician as to effects of circumcision. Part of issue may parents not present. ...Read more

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How safe is baby boy circumcision?

How safe is baby boy circumcision?

Mostly very safe: Provided the surgeon, pediatrician, obstetrician or mohel is well trained and careful. I believe plastibell method, where the redundant foreskin is tied off over a small plastic ring is the safest because risk of bleeding is very slight. Correct size plastibell ring must be selected and a frenular bleed should be cauterized. (check google. Com). Clamp method usually safe, but risk of bleed more. ...Read more

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Hi. I need help with circumcision?

Hi. I need help with circumcision?

What type of help?: First, I am glad to hear you are seeking help, as circumcision is something you should not do by yourself!
Doctors with expertise in circumcision are urologists so please see a urologist to get the help you need. ...Read more

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What's the benefit of circumcision?

What's the benefit of circumcision?

Preventative if any: Circ rates run 0-80% depending on cultural, religious and healthcare practices around the world. The only males with utis I've treated in 3 decades were uncircumcised and under 2mo old. You never have a trapped glans (paraphimosis) or cancer of the removed area. Reduction in std rates are documented. I viiew it similar to piercing ears but with known health benifits. Easy and heals quick for newborns. ...Read more

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Could I get a circumcision reversed?

Possible, but why: Fairly major surgery. Involves circumferential incision around penis low enough to form inner foreskin, or even lower to provide both inner & outer foreskin, which is pulled up & leaves area of denuded penile shaft. This is covered by a skin graft taken from hiarless inner upper arm or thigh skin. Post-operatively 'new' foreskin becomes edematous until new lymph channels develop (if ever). Think! ...Read more

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Can a circumcision hurt as an adult?

Not with anesthesia: Not if patient is asleep & few hours after if local anesthetic injected into base of penis before he wakes. Painless during if done unedr local anesthesia (la), minor pinprick pain from la needle, less if Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream applied 1/2 hour before. Coban bandaage post-op prevents swelling & minimizes pain. Pain killers post-op recommended. Some prescribe Ativan to reduce painful post-op erections. ...Read more

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What's the truth about circumcision?

What's the truth about circumcision?

Removal of foreskin: Only undeniable truth. Unecessary for all men unless jewish or muslim. Does reduce risk of utis in 1st 6-months of life. More hygeinic if penis isn't washed. May or may not inprove sexual intercourse by delaying time to ejaculation. Definitely reduces risk of contracting hiv-aids in africa. Prevents/cures phimosis (tight foreskin) prevents RAE penile cancer in phimotic or unwashed penises. Optional. ...Read more

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What amount does re-circumcision cost?

Here are some. ..: Re-circumcision is no less surgery than virgin circumcision; at times, it can be even more tricky in "perfecting" it than. ... So, it should charge at least the same - not less; but, payment from insurance company may arguably vary for less. So, ask and check it. ...Read more

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What kind of circumcision has no pain?

Almost all of them: The actual circumcision procedure is not usually painful since it is done with some numbing medicine, but afterwards, the circumcision incision will be sore for a week or two while it heals. ...Read more

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How do I care for a circumcision wound?

How do I care for a circumcision wound?

Surgical wound: Your surgeon should have provided clear instructions on the care of this procedure. If not, pester his office for clear instructions. ...Read more

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How long before sex after circumcision?

How long before sex after circumcision?

4-6 weeks: Your incision line has to completely heal. Check with your surgeon. I see my patients back at 4 weeks and decide at that visit when they're ready to resume inter course. ...Read more

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What can I do to repair my circumcision?

What can I do to repair my circumcision?

Repair circumcision: The only thing you should do is to see your doctor to be examined so you can receive proper treatment. Do not attempt any self treatment. Consider psychological care if this is causing you mental pain. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of circumcision?

What are the benefits of circumcision?

Hard to say...: Circumcision is unnecessary if good hygiene is done. Babies are born complete, finished, and perfectly fine (except for the few unlucky ones with birth defects). Circumcisions are done for religious and cultural reasons, but the procedure does permanently change the genitals, so parents should think about it and talk about it before doing anything to their perfect little newborn. ...Read more

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What is your opinion about circumcision?

Personal decision: I trained and work in settings where circumcision is the norm, I have seen variable outcome of both choises. Infants without can get uti's often before a month of age, circ'd kids do not. It was the most requested elective surgery among sailers during my service years. I have done in excess of a thousand without problems. But to me it is work, and the decision is usually made before I meet the folks. ...Read more

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Can somebody explain circumcision to me?

Here are...: It is a surgical procedure to remove "redundant" foreskin for medical reasons such as its related infection/inflammation and poor hygiene or cosmetic. Many are done soon after birth, and some, along the life to meet individual personal and or medical need. Most can be done under local anesthesia as an outpatient. For detail, ask surgeon timely. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about circumcision?

Can you tell me more about circumcision?

Technique for adults: Sleeve resection circumcision. General anesthesia. Antiseptic paint/scrub. 2 circumferential marks, 1 around outer shaft skin, retract foreskin (stretch if necessary) 2nd mark 5 - 7 mm below groove (coronal sulcus). Cut skin with cautery or scalpel ; remove skin between. Cauterize bleeding vessels. Trim frenulum. Chromic gut sutures to cut frenulum ; advance shaft skin ; suture 2 skin. ...Read more

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How do I care for my baby's circumcision?

How do I care for my baby's circumcision?

Lots of Vaseline: Wipe around the penis till healed. Apply lots of petrolatum (vaseline) to the penile glans with each diaper change until penis has healed and until ring has fallen off if a plastibell device was used. ...Read more

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Which benefits are there to circumcision?

Hygiene etc.: Less risk of urinary infections in first 6 - 12 months of life, which are quite uncommon anyway. Worth doing in boys with urinary tract abnormalities such as urethral valves, bladder reflux or hydronephrosis. Much cleaner for men who do not wash. Is a cure for phimosis (tight foreskin). Prevents the all too rare cancer of penis. Significant reduction in HIV ;hpv transmission (studies from africa). ...Read more

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Where can I go to get adult circumcision?

Circumcision: An urologist can perform the simple surgery on an outpatient basis. ...Read more

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What is circumcision and what does it do?

What is circumcision and what does it do?

Removal of foreskin: Mostly done in infancy because parents think it is cleaner and will avoid infections. May need to be done if foreskin is tight (phimosis) and doesn't retract easily & does not respond to steroid cream. Some adolescents want to look like the majority of other boys. It does prevent penile cancer which in itself is very rare and more likely caused by poor hygiene. Less smell. Some think looks better. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a circumcision?

Here are some. ..: Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove long foreskin as the final resort for treating recurrent irritation by infection / inflammation of the foreskin or at times for personal preference under social and cultural pressure, which can be safely performed under local anesthesia, informed consent, and aseptic fashion. ...Read more

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How can you treat pain after circumcision?

Check w/your: Surgeon who should be able to provide you with whatever is appropriate for your pain relief. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons to circumcision?

What are the pros and cons to circumcision?

More pros than cons: The cons are obvious. In babies, it's a minor, uncomfortable surgical procedure, though better with anesthesia they use now. Pros are a much decreased risk of urinary tract infection, closure of the foreskin around the tip causing obstruction, and skin cancers of the foreskin, which are something of an issue. Plus a much lower risk of sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Circumcised (Definition)

Surgical removal ...Read more