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Circumcision Surgery in Koramangala, Bangalore

Boys are born with a hood of skin, called the foreskin, layering the (glans) head of the penis. Circumcision is often performed on newborns or at puberty. In Jews, male circumcision is obligatory. For Muslims, it is recommended. And in some other cultures, it is a rite of passage into manhood. However, apart from social and religious beliefs, circumcision has medical benefits too.

In terms of visual preference for circumcised or uncircumcised penises, it is based mainly on experiences and biases. But whether you are “cut” or “uncut”, it is all about how you feel? Let’s look at the procedure of circumcision in detail and also, where should you seek medical attention for circumcision treatment in Bangalore.

What is circumcision?

From a sexual standpoint, male circumcision removes the foreskin from the penis in which 1/3rd of the erogenous tissue of the male genitalia is trimmed, and the remaining skin is stitched just before the head of the penis. Circumcision is believed to lessen recurrent foreskin infection later in life.

Because the foreskin is a protective, mucous-membrane layer, it also attracts bacteria cells. According to a study, the foreskin has its own microbiome, known as Langerhans cells. It has been seen that this risk diminishes after a year among circumcised males.

Why do men get circumcised?

Some men need to have circumcision because of medical reasons, such as:

  • Phimosis: Scarring of the foreskin stops it from retracting, which sometimes causes pain when the penis is erect.
  • Balanitis: The foreskin and the head of the penis get inflamed or infected.
  • Paraphimosis: When pulled back, the foreskin cannot be returned to its original position and swells up. In such a case, immediate surgery is required to release the restricted blood flow.
  • Balanitis xerotica obliterans: This condition results in a tight foreskin where the penis head becomes scarred and inflamed.

When to see a doctor?

It's natural for parents to be nervous before their child's procedure, especially involving a newborn. You need not hurry to make a decision. The procedure can be done anytime before or after leaving the hospital after your baby’s birth. 

You can consult our circumcision doctors in Bangalore to get more clarity and to make an informed decision.

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Preparing for a procedure?

Before procedure:

  • Area is cleaned
  • Pain medication is given as an injection or numbing cream

After the procedure:

  • Glans may be sensitive, appear raw
  • Yellowish discharge is normal
  • Change bandage with diaper
  • Wash penis with water
  • Use petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment to keep the bandage sticking to the wound 
  • Circumcision will heal in 10-14 days 

Benefits of getting circumcision done?

The benefits of circumcision are:

  • Easier cleaning of the penis
  • Decreased risk of HIV, sexually transmitted infection, urinary tract infection, and some cancers
  • Prevention of foreskin problems (phimosis)
  • Reduce the risk of cervical cancer for female partners of circumcised men

What are the complications linked with circumcision? 

Complications from circumcision on infants are rare and usually minor. Infants have far fewer complications than adult men or boys when they get circumcised.

In rare cases, the complication may include:

  • Infection
  • Pain and swelling 
  • Bleeding at the site
  • Risk associated with anesthesia
  • Damage to the penis
  • Incomplete removal of the foreskin

What are the prevention measures? 

Once they get past the decision of whether to circumcise or not, many parents don't know how to care for your child's circumcised penis. Some points to follow are:

  • Check for bleeding or swelling
  • Bathe your child frequently
  • Prevent the skin from sticking
  • Apply an ointment
  • Give pain medications if needed

What are the methods used for circumcision?

In newborns, the three most prevalent circumcision treatment methods are:

  • Gomco Clamp: A bell-shaped instrument is fitted under the foreskin and over the head of the penis (to allow an incision to be made). Then the foreskin is tightened up across the bell to reduce the blood flow to the area. Lastly, a scalpel is used to cut and remove the foreskin.
  • Mogen Clamp: The foreskin is removed from the head of the penis with the help of a probe. It is pulled out in front of the head and inserted into a metal clamp with a slot. The clamp is held while the foreskin is cut with a scalpel.
  • Plastibell Technique: This process is similar to the Gomco clamp. Here, a piece of suture is attached directly to the foreskin, which cuts the blood supply. A scalpel may then be used to cut the foreskin, but the plastic ring is left on. After 6 to 12 days, it falls off on its own.

Conclusion

The advantages of circumcision could outweigh the threats in places where sexually transmitted diseases are prevalent. Usually, among babies it is the parent’s choice whether to circumcise or not. 

Remember, the procedure must be done only by specialists. You can look for a circumcision hospital in Bangalore. 

Is circumcision necessary?

Not at all, and there is still a roaring debate about removing a third of the penile erogenous tissue. There are issues of cleanliness and possible side-effects of the trauma. The decision is left with parents'. Discuss with your pediatrician to make an informed decision for your baby.

When is the best age to circumcise?

Circumcision is relatively easy to perform when babies are still not moving too much i.e. until they are two months old. After three months, baby boys are not likely to sit still while being circumcised.

How painful is a circumcision?

Severe pain is rare under general anesthesia, while younger patients can have more discomfort with mild pain for 2-3 days. Usually, the penis area starts getting better after 7 to 10 days. Either way, doctors say that circumcisions are not as painful as they sound.

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