4 Health Benefits of Circumcision – The foreskin covers the entire penis and is trimmed during a surgical procedure to expose the glans. The surgical removal of the foreskin, covering the glans of the penis is known as circumcision. Circumcision has been practiced for thousands of years as part of cultural and religious beliefs. It was considered as a transition to adulthood and also for hygienic purposes. New studies have prompted a deeper look at the surgical procedure being medically beneficial for males especially when it is performed right after birth.
Medical benefits of circumcision
- Males are prevented from acquiring Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) if they are circumcised.
- Chances of getting inflammation, irritation or some infection is much less likely if a male has undergone circumcision procedure.
- Acquisition of HIV, AIDS becomes much less in males who are circumcised.
- Penile cancer is found to occur much less in males who are circumcised than those who are uncircumcised.
- Circumcision is not in any way associated with a decrease in sexual function.
- It is also used to treat balanitis (swelling of the foreskin), balanoposthitis (inflammation of the tip and foreskin of the penis), paraphimosis (inability to return a retracted foreskin to its original position), phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin)
The basic purpose of the procedure is to remove both inner and outer skin of the glans while making sure not to injure the underlying urethra. The procedure is performed quickly in infants however takes more time and may also become complicated when performed on adult males.
The process starts by making your newborn lie down on his back with his arms and legs on each side secured. Either a topical anesthetic cream or anesthetic injected is given to numb the area to ease the pain. Three rings are available, doctor may use any, namely: Gomco clamp, the Plastibell device and the Mogen clamp. Each one works by cutting off circulation to the foreskin so that bleeding does not occur when the doctor performs the surgery. Total time for procedure is 10-15mins. Healing time for a newborn’s circumcision is about 7 to 10 days.
Wash your hands before and after the procedure to prevent any bacterial infection. Make sure to wash the baby’s penis with plenty of luke warm water. Dry the area and start the procedure. Do not use hydrogen peroxide on that area as it can slow down healing. After the procedure, apply plenty of petroleum jelly to prevent any rash that may occur while putting on the diaper. Do not tighten the diaper of the baby and apply as less pressure as possible as the area is sensitive and requires gentle care for healing.
Precaution and complications.
The infant should be assessed thoroughly before the procedure and checked for any medical complication. The procedure should not be performed if any bacterial infection, inflammation persists at the start of the circumcision. If the infant is found to have electrolyte or metabolic abnormalities, or penile abnormality, the procedure should be postponed or not carried out. The operator should be experienced as surgical risks are not only limited to infection but may also cause necrosis of glans, adhesion of foreskin and penile loss.