Information About Circumcision Surgery
Circumcision surgery is a procedure that involves removing the fold of skin that covers the top of the penis. The practice of circumcision goes back to about 6000 BC; it is believed that it first began in Egypt and eventually the practice spread throughout the world.
For thousands of years circumcision surgery has been used for hygiene purposes; in some cultures it was actually done as part of the passage from boyhood to manhood. In 19th century circumcision became a common medical practice.
Although it was believed for years that circumcision surgery was necessary for good health, in the last couple of decades, some experts have come to doubt its necessity. Circumcision is beneficial in some ways, but it also has some risks.
Those that oppose circumcision surgery claim that the foreskin that is removed actually has nerve endings that can enhance the sexual experience, plus the skin has other important functions.
Despite some objections to circumcision surgery, there are some medical conditions that may require an infant to have this procedure done; these include problem with the skin retracting properly, or if there is a need to keep the area as sterile as possible. It may also be a good idea if there is an infection.
There are actually a number of benefits to circumcision surgery, most doctors believe that circumcision can help protect against sexually transmitted diseases, plus it offers some protection against urinary tract infections. In addition to this, circumcision reduces a male’s risk of penile cancer.
Due to the fact that circumcision surgery is no longer considered necessary for the wellbeing of a male infant, a number of insurance companies no longer cover this procedure. This also includes state sponsored insurance programs.
If you are a parent that is considering having this procedure performed on your child you’ll want to be aware of the risks and benefits, as well as the cost associated with it. After the surgery has been done, you’ll also want to know how to care for your infant to help them recover. Complete recover could take two to three weeks.
With infants the procedure often requires a plastic ring be left in place around the wound where the foreskin was removed. When the wound is sufficiently healed the object will fall off.
In the meantime you will want to keep the area as clean as possible. Keep the child’s diaper changed, and with each diaper change clean the area completely. Bath your baby everyday as you normally would; if the doctor has given you any antiseptic to apply, you’ll want to do this as directed.
After the circumcision surgery you will need to contact your child’s doctor if there is excessive swelling of the penis, bleeding, or if the ring appears as if it has slipped onto the shaft of the penis. It is also necessary to be watchful for any signs of infection. You will also want to contact the doctor if the ring does not fall off after 8 days.