Circumcision is the surgery for removing the penis foreskin. The foreskin is the tissue that covers the penis all the way to the head and is harmless. In Jewish and Muslim cultures, circumcision is done at the time of childbirth, usually within the first eight days. Adults may consider the procedure for cosmetic, medical, and religious reasons. Read more about circumcision and related aspects, including benefits, in this post.
Should you consider circumcision?
As an adult, circumcision is more of a choice, primarily because there are only a few medical conditions that necessitate the need for the procedure. Men often consider circumcision because of cosmetic and religious reasons. If you have tight foreskin, your doctor may recommend the option. Benefits of circumcision include –
- It may reduce the risk of penile cancer
- It may cut down the risk of urinary tract infections
- It may also reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted diseases
Also, if you are someone who is converting to a religion that recommends circumcision, you may consider the surgery. The look of a circumcised penis is often preferred, and cosmetic enhancement is often the motive for many men.
Two common medical reasons for circumcision for adults are phimosis and paraphimosis. Paraphimosis is the condition when the foreskin is stuck, while phimosis occurs when the foreskin is too tight. Both conditions can cause pain and affect sexual activities. Also, a circumcised penis is much easier to clean.
Are there any risks?
Circumcision surgery doesn’t cause serious complications for most patients, although recovery can take time. Because this is an operation, there are typical risks, including excessive bleeding, infection, and anesthesia-related complications. It is expected to feel discomfort and pain after circumcision, which can last for weeks at times. If you have excessive bleeding or haven’t urinated normally after 12 hours of the surgery, talk to your urologist.
Does the surgery hurt?
Circumcision for adults is usually done under general anesthesia, which means you wouldn’t feel anything during the surgery. The procedure can take up to an hour, although removing the foreskin takes just about 30 minutes. The dressing will remain in place for two days, and you will need to take antibiotics and pain relief medications as suggested by the urologist.
Recovery for adults can take up to six weeks, and for the first couple of weeks, your penis will feel very sensitive. You should avoid sexual activities for at least four weeks. Erections may also feel painful. Talk to your urologist to know more.