Education & Diagnosis
A circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of a penis. Traditionally, circumcisions are performed on newborn babies before they leave the hospital. In some circumstances, adults may choose to have this procedure for religious, cultural, cosmetic, or medical reasons. There are many medical benefits to receiving a circumcision including a lower risk of urinary tract infections, STDs and penile cancer. The only risks associated with a circumcision are bleeding or infection, but these are generally low. These risks increase in older boys and adults.
Testing & Treatment
Adult circumcision is more complicated than infant circumcision, but it is still considered a minor surgical procedure. Adult circumcision is performed as an out-patient procedure while the patient is under general anesthesia (completely asleep). The man can leave the surgery center the same day as the operation. Most men return to work after a 5 to 7 days and return to sex after 4 to 6 weeks, or when the area has completely healed.