Routine circumcision is usually performed within 10 days of birth. In some cases, the procedure may be delayed. We perform circumcision on infants as well as older children and adults.
Complication risks are relatively low. If a problem does occur, we are trained and experienced to treat it.
There are several advantages to circumcision. Circumcised infants are less likely to develop urinary tract infections, especially their first year of life. Later, circumcised men are at a lower risk for penile cancer. What’s more, circumcision may protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
Circumcision, removing the penis foreskin, has some potential medical benefits and advantages. You should understand what’s involved to ensure you are making the right decision for your son. In infants, the procedure takes about five to 10 minutes. A local anesthetic is given to less the pain.
The penis goes through a rapid growth spurt during the first few months of life and may quickly become too large to safely remove the foreskin. It becomes more complicated and riskier in infants older than two months and in boys and men. For older children, the procedure is usually performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.
Circumcision may help prevent:
- Urinary tract infections in infants.
- Penile cancer in adult men. However, this cancer is rare in all men, whether or not they have been circumcised.
- Infection and penile injury
- Buried penis
- Meatal stenosis
- Skin bridges
- Poor cosmetic appearance