Circumcision is surgical removal of the foreskin. Some of the reasons for needing a circumcision are:
- recurrent infection of the foreskin
- recurrent tears of the foreskin
- narrowing of the foreskin (phimosis)
- hygiene reasons
- religious purposes
In most cases, circumcision can be done as a day surgery procedure, in the hospital. The patient is usually given general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure that there is no discomfort during the procedure.
In most cases, a laser can be used to remove the foreskin. The advantage of the laser is that it cuts the skin and at the same time, seals the blood vessels so there is less bleeding. After that, the wound is carefully closed with stitches that will disappear after a few weeks.
In our experience, circumcision is a safe procedure. The most common side effects after the procedure are wound discomfort and minor bleeding, which will settle after a few days. In children, one of the possible side effects is that the remaining penile skin may stick back to the head of the penis.
AGE RANGE FOR CIRCUMCISION
We perform circumcision for:
• children around 11 years of age and above (for medical reasons)