Male circumcision is a procedure that involves the total or partial removal of the foreskin.
The procedure is often carried out for medically indicated purposes for the following such conditions
Phimosis is when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the glans of the penis, which is common amongst babies and toddlers. However, the condition becomes a problem for older children if they experience difficulty in urinating.
In mild cases of phimosis, a topical steroid cream can be used to soften the skin and enable retraction of the foreskin.
If the foreskin of the penis can not be returned to its initial position after being pulled back it can cause the head of the penis it can cause considerable swelling and discomfort. In such an instance, treatment will need to be immediate in order to avoid serious complications, such as restricted blood flow to the penis.
This condition is when the foreskin has become infected, inflaming the head of the penis. The condition is also a cause of phismosis (see above).
Patients have also opted for a circumcision procedure to reduce the risk of HIV.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does it take to perform the procedure?
The procedure takes about 30 – 60 minutes.
- Who can have the procedure?
The procedure can be performed on both babies and adults. However, we do recommend parents who wish to have their child circumcised to have it performed within the first 4 weeks of the child’s birth.
- What technique is used?
The technique used will depend upon each patient. The method commonly employed for children is the Plastibell technique (ring method). If there is a problem or contra-indication for circumcision, specialist recommendation will be given.
- What type of anaesthetic is used?
For infants, the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia which provides effective pain relief. Adults have the procedure performed under local anaesthetic and sedation.
- How much does the procedure cost?
The cost of the procedure is dependent upon the age of the patient. Please contact the clinic to find out specific prices.
- Is there any post operative care?
You will have an open appointment. If you have any pressing concerns after the operation you will be able to contact the clinic and we will arrange an appointment for you.
- How long does the healing process take?
The Plastibell should normally fall off within 7 – 10 days.
- Will I have any problem passing urine?
Not usually. If it does happen you will need to contact the clinic, GP or the casualty department.
- Can the patient go home straight after the procedure?
Yes. You will not be required to stay overnight and will be able to go straight home. If an adult has the procedure performed, then they will not be permitted to drive home and will need to have someone accompany and drive them home.
- Does circumcision have risks?
Like any other surgical procedure, circumcision has risks. They include; excessive bleeding, infection, complications from anaesthetics, skin tags and skin bridges and inadequate circumcision.
Bleeding is the main risk after a circumcision. If this happens you will need to contact the clinic, visit your GP or go to the casualty department.