When you choose circumcision either for your baby, teenager, or yourself, you must find an experienced and compassionate medical professional that you feel comfortable with to perform it. With seven locations in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh, or Wake Forest, North Carolina, the caring health providers of the Associated Urologists of North Carolina offer circumcision procedures that are as safe, effective, and efficient as possible. When you’re at the Associated Urologists of North Carolina, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Use the online booking tool to request an appointment, or call your nearest office to schedule an appointment today.
Circumcision refers to the surgical removal of the skin that covers the tip of your penis. Circumcision is a fairly common procedure for newborn boys in many parts of the world, including the United States. After the newborn period, circumcision is possible, but it becomes a more complex procedure.
For some families, circumcision is a religious ritual or family tradition. It can also be a matter of personal hygiene or a preventive health care choice.
In some cases, there’s a medical need for circumcision, for example, when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the glans. In some cases, your provider recommends circumcision to reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections in older boys and men.
Circumcision can have certain health benefits, such as:
Circumcision might not be an option for babies with certain blood-clotting disorders or with penile abnormalities or premature babies still requiring hospital care.
Circumcision doesn’t affect fertility or enhance or detract from sexual pleasure.
As with any surgical procedure, circumcision comes with risks that should be carefully considered.
Newborn circumcision is usually performed in the hospital or an appropriate medical office within 10 days after birth.
For newborn circumcision, your son lies on his back with his legs and arms restrained. Your provider cleans his penis and the surrounding area and injects an anesthetic into its base or applies an anesthetic cream.
Your provider carefully attaches a plastic ring or special clamp and removes the foreskin.
Your provider covers his penis in an ointment, such as petroleum jelly or a topical antibiotic, and wraps it loosely with gauze.
The whole procedure usually takes around 10 minutes.
The process is similar for older boys and adults; however, the procedure might need to be performed under general anesthesia, and the recovery might take longer.
The penis typically heals in around seven to 10 days. Following circumcision, the tip may be sore and look a little red, swollen, or bruised. Make sure you carefully follow the instructions given to you by your provider to ensure a smoother and quicker recovery.
If you have questions about circumcision, call the Associated Urologists of North Carolina or request an appointment online today.