Conversations about the penis are always uncomfortable. Most men shy away when the topic pops up. This shyness or inability to discuss, paired with the lack of sex education, often leads to men not knowing about their penis. It gets serious when they brush off serious conditions due to a lack of knowledge.
One such topic is circumcision.
What is a Circumcision?
A circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin (the skin covering the tip of the penis). Circumcision is usually done during infancy, but adults can opt for the procedure as well. It is a procedure that is very common in certain parts of the world. Most people perform circumcision surgery for religious purposes, but it is also done for medical reasons.
What are the Pros of a Circumcision Operation?
A circumcision procedure has numerous benefits. They are listed below.
- Lower Chances of Urinary Tract Infections: Generally, men have a lower risk of urinary tract infections. A circumcision surgery greatly reduces the chances of a urinary tract infection in men. There’s also evidence that says that circumcised children have a lower risk of urinary tract infection. This is because the absence of a foreskin doesn’t allow bacteria to collect.
- Fewer Sexually Transmitted Infections: The chances of circumcised men contracting STIs are lower when compared to uncircumcised men. Not just STIs, circumcised men have minimal chances of contracting infections like HIV as well.
- Better Hygiene: Some uncircumcised men/boys don’t bother to pull their foreskin back and clean their penis when they take a bath. This leads to poor genital hygiene and more problems further down the road. The situation is different for circumcised men/boys, as cleaning a penis without a foreskin is comparatively easier.
- Reduced Risk of Cancer: Men/boys with an uncircumcised penis have higher chances of developing penile cancer. Penile cancer is often related to conditions like smegma or phimosis, which are conditions that are commonly seen in uncircumcised men/boys. The lack of foreskin greatly reduces or completely eliminates the chances of these conditions occurring.
Common Problems Faced by Uncircumcised Men/Boys
Men/boys with an uncircumcised penis face a host of problems. Most of them stem due to poor hygiene. Although most can be rectified by maintaining proper hygiene, the presence of a foreskin is a vital reason for some.
Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin sits too tight around the penis. This makes it difficult for the foreskin to be pulled back. Phimosis can also lead to:
- Urination issues
Paraphimosis is the exact opposite of phimosis. People suffering from paraphimosis cannot pull their foreskin back over the head of the penis once it has been pulled down. Paraphimosis often leads to swelling and discomfort as the skin around the penis shaft tightens.
The penis is subjected to numerous infections. A person with an uncircumcised penis is at risk of contracting yeast, bacterial, and fungal infections. Bacteria buildup on the foreskin is seen as a major reason for penile infections.
Uncircumcised men are at increased risk of getting their foreskin stuck in zippers. Such injuries also tend to cause injuries to the urethral meatus along with the foreskin.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The probability of uncircumcised men contracting STIs is high when compared to circumcised men. There are studies that state that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Genital herpes simplex
Ideal Candidates for a Circumcision
The circumcision operation is done as a custom in certain cultures. However, some adult men may choose to undergo circumcision for various reasons. But not all men are ideal candidates for circumcision. Men with the following conditions should reconsider their choice to undergo circumcision surgery.
- Those with medical concerns
- Those with penile problems that require surgery
- Those who were born prematurely
Preparing for a Circumcision Surgery
Like all surgeries, there are certain preparations to be made for a circumcision operation as well. Follow these tips for a smooth procedure.
- Avoid consuming food or drinking water for 6 hours before the procedure
- Share the list of medications you take with your doctor to make sure you don’t have any nasty side effects
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing for the procedure
The circumcision procedure for adults is generally an out-patient procedure. You will be administered a general or local anaesthetic, depending on the circumstances of the procedure. In some cases, a spinal anaesthetic is considered.
Once the recommended anaesthesia is applied, the surgeon will remove the foreskin around the head of the penis. This is done using a scalpel or surgical scissors.
The bleeding is controlled by cauterisation. The remaining edges of skin are stitched using stitches that dissolve.
It takes at least 10 days for the penis to heal after a circumcision procedure. You’ll also have to avoid sex for 4 weeks.
You may experience discomfort and swelling around the head of the penis. This will last for 3 or 4 days and is normal. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers to tackle this.
It is recommended to wear loose-fitting clothing for 2 to 3 days after the surgery. This will reduce irritation during the healing stages.
Some discomfort is to be expected while urinating. Contact your doctor if the painkillers don’t work.
BM Cosmetic is right at the top when it comes to circumcision surgery in Chennai. The expert team, headed by Dr Rajinikanth T., has many years of experience in improving the lives of men in Chennai. The modern facility houses all the latest equipment to complete procedures with ease and efficiency.
If you’re looking for a safe way to get circumcised, get in touch with BM Cosmetic. Call 9952099620 and book an appointment today.