Circumcision is typically performed within the first 10 days of a newborn’s life, but many adults also opt to get circumcised later in life. If you’re considering circumcision for yourself or your child, schedule a visit with the team of experts at Greater Hartford Urology Group, located in Hartford, Enfield, and Glastonbury, Connecticut. Booking an appointment is easy: just call the office to speak with a friendly team member or use the online tool.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin –– the hood of skin that covers the head of the penis when flaccid. The foreskin is a natural part of the penis that’s present at birth, but it’s often removed for medical, religious, cultural, or social reasons.
Circumcisions are typically performed within the first 10 days of a newborn’s life, but many people who weren’t circumcised in infancy choose to get a circumcision later on, in what’s known as adult circumcision.
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports infant circumcision for its health benefits but stresses that it’s ultimately the parents’ decision and that neither choice is incorrect.
Circumcision is an effective treatment for conditions or difficulty with the foreskin, such as a foreskin that gets swollen or doesn’t properly slide over the head of the penis. A circumcised penis can also be easier to keep clean and is less likely to develop a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Circumcision has also been shown to reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who are circumcised have a lower risk of contracting HIV, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and syphilis.
It’s worth noting, however, that circumcision only reduces the likelihood of contracting these STDs –– it does not protect or prevent you from getting them.
For infants, circumcision is a brief procedure that only takes about 10 minutes. Your doctor cleans the penis and applies a local anesthetic, either a numbing cream or an injection at the base of the penis. Then, they attach a clamp to isolate the foreskin and use medical scissors to snip it off. The clamp remains on the penis and eventually falls off.
Some patients opt to have general anesthesia for adult circumcision. The process is similar to infant circumcision, but instead of using a clamp, your doctor takes measurements of your penis and foreskin to determine how much skin they need to remove. They use a scalpel instead of scissors to remove the foreskin, and they attach the newly circumcised areas of your penis together with either stitches or cauterization.
With infant circumcision, your child can go home soon after the procedure. They might be fussy and irritable as they heal, but their penis should be fully recovered in a little over a week. During recovery, their penis might look red and swollen, and there might be some yellow crust on the tip, but both should go away within a few days.
Recovering from adult circumcision usually takes two to three weeks and might require some time off from work.
To learn more about circumcision, schedule an appointment with Greater Hartford Urology Group today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.