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Circumcision in Adulthood

Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the excess foreskin from the penis. Elective circumcision is performed in about 65% of newborn boys in the U.S., often performed for religious or cultural reasons. The procedure is typically performed in the hospital one or two days after birth, or before the mother and baby go home.

Circumcision is not a medically necessary procedure and many male babies go uncircumcised. If an adult male decides he would like to be circumcised, it is important to consult an experienced urologist to ensure minimal complications.

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Facts About Circumcision

  • Uncircumcised penises are as easy to keep clean as a circumcised penis when proper hygiene is practiced
  • Circumcision may decrease incidences of urinary tract infection and may offer protection against penile cancer

Urologists typically advise adult circumcision only when a man is experiencing recurrent health problems such as inflammation of the head of the penis and difficulty retracting the foreskin. These problems can usually be prevented with careful and diligent hygiene. But when a consistent infection is a problem, talking to a urologist about circumcision is an option. As with any surgical procedure, adult male circumcision can carry post-surgical risks including infection or bleeding.