How Circumcision is Performed

Some religious sect find circumcision to be mandatory or obligatory and some do not have any reservations about it and simply leave the decision to the parents on whether to have their son circumcised or not.  If you plan on having your son circumcised, it is recommended not go for those discount jobs with knives and crushed herbal leaves for treating wound with no type of anesthesia.  While such practice is still popular around the world, many of their patients are left with lasting scars and problems.

Fortunately though, many of today’s circumcision are performed by medical professionals using sterile instruments to prevent any type of infection.  This makes undergoing the circumcision procedure safe with hardly any complications, of course if done by a trained professional.  Although there are still occasional chances where infection or irritation occurs, but what happens most of the times are just discomfort from the healing process.

When infants are circumcised, they are placed in a supine position or belly-up position with both legs and arms strapped down to stop unnecessary movements while performing the procedure.  The infant will then be given either a topical anesthetic rubbed near the surface of his penis, or inject numbing agents around the base of the penis or into the penis itself.  The trained professional will then choose among the different specialized clamps at his disposal for performing the incision.  Such clamps would include the Plastibell device, the Mogen clamp, and the Gomco clamp.  Although these devices are quite different, they still perform the same function – the separating of the glans from the prepuce, and protecting the glans while cutting the prepuce from the penis.  The clamps are able to provide immediate procedures, whereas the plastibell stays attached for a few days before it falls off.

If the procedure went well and everything goes as planned, the boy who has undergone circumcision will be feeling much better, even though a bit irritable for, say 3-4 days.  Most will probably have some sort of swelling in their penis, but that is normal.  The swelling will subside and improve after several days up to a week or so.  The best thing about circumcision is that it is an outpatient procedure which means you can take your boy home after he has been circumcised.

A newly circumcised penis should be kept clean all the time to prevent it from getting infected.  Usually, the penis will be covered in a gauze or bandage with some type of antibiotic gauze on nearest the skin.  If the newly circumcised boy is an infant, placing petroleum jelly around the gauze will help prevent feces from the diaper from coming into contact towards the currently healing penis.  If this is not done, it may create infection towards the incision and may lead into unwanted results.

For adults, the circumcision is usually made by making a dorsal slit up to the crown.  A support stitch is made at the frenulum and the remaining foreskin is severed off.  The skin that remains will now be sutured around the head of the penis.  The whole process of circumcision takes only around 30 minutes with the patient being able to go home immediately after the procedure.  However, he must refrain from taking part in any sexual activity for several weeks just to make sure that his penis completely heals from the procedure. Read more here