What Is a Circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical healthcare procedure performed to remove the foreskin covering the penis.Â The foreskin is the sleeve of loose skin that covers the bulgy end of the penis (called the glans).Â One end of the foreskin attaches to the base of the glans and the other end lies freely over the glans to protect it.Â
Who Requires a Circumcision?
If the foreskin is tight and does not pull back from the glans, it can cause severe discomfort and potentially lead to infection.Â Sometimes the foreskin sticks when pulled back, causing pain and swelling.Â In these situations, circumcision is required to treat the problem.Â An alternative to a circumcision is slitting the narrow path of the foreskin using a local anesthetic, but this leaves the foreskin untidy, making circumcision a superior option.Â
What Happens in a Circumcision?
After placing you under general anesthesia, your surgeon will remove most of the foreskin and stitch the remaining skin to the base of the glans. In most cases, you will be able to get out of bed within two hours and be able to return home the same day.Â In rare instances, a day or two at the hospital will be required.Â Your healthcare provider will supply painkillers to manage the mild pain and discomfort you will experience.Â Antibiotics are also prescribed to protect against infection and swelling.Â The wound will be covered with a moist dressing that can be removed after twelve hours or so.Â The pain will completely subside within one week, and you can usually resume all regular activities within two weeks.