Circumcision tends to be a divisive topic, whether discussed around infants, children, teenagers or adult men. Most of the concerns raised over circumcision relate to the health risks involved. However, as with most things, educating yourself on the topic and talking with medical professionals can remove a lot of the anxiety or confusion many people have when it comes to this topic.
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What Is Circumcision?
Circumcision is a medical procedure that removes the foreskin from the head of the penis. The most common circumcision reasons include hygiene, culture, religion and lower risk of health problems, including urinary tract infections and penile cancer. This procedure is most commonly done on infants but can also remove the foreskin on men and teenagers.
Circumcision of the penis is a delicate operation that should be done with the utmost care and equipment. Gentle Procedures Clinic has done extensive research and chosen to operate with the Pollock technique.
What Is the Pollock Technique?
The Pollock technique is a safe and less invasive circumcision procedure as there’s less tissue handling during the foreskin removal process. Healing from circumcision can be uncomfortable, especially the longer it takes. In general, the shorter the surgical procedure, the quicker and easier the healing process is. This is why Gentle Procedures employs the Pollock technique, as it’s essentially pain-free and faster than other circumcision methods, so the healing process is quicker and more comfortable.
What Gentle Procedures Offers
At Gentle Procedures Clinic, you’ll receive the best care for circumcisions of any age. The team at the clinic understands the concerns surrounding surgery for circumcision and strives to provide everything you need to ensure your procedure is successful and comfortable. The clinic offers caring and attentive customer support and a variety of options for treatment during the procedure, from numbing creams to local anaesthetic. During the procedure, parents are welcome to stay with their child. The foreskin is removed during the appointment, meaning no device is fitted to the child’s penis post-procedure. Consultations and procedures are conducted within the same day. For anyone making a decision about circumcision, whether, for their child or themselves, it’s important to know the benefits and risks involved.
Benefits of Circumcision
Many parents and adult men choose to opt for circumcision due to its benefits, which are many. These include:
- Improved hygiene
- Lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI)
- No risk of phimosis (a condition that results in tight foreskin in adults)
- Lower risk of penile cancer
- Lower risk of prostate cancer
- Lower risk of HIV/AIDS
- Lower risk of sexually transmitted infections
Risks of Circumcision
General concerns about circumcision tend to surround circumcision pain and healing from circumcision. This procedure is perfectly safe when performed by medical professionals but still has its risks. These include:
- Sub-optimal cosmetic results
- Concealed penis
- Meatal stenosis (narrowing of the urethra)
- Trauma to the head of the penis
- Negative reaction to local anesthetic (seizures, coma, respiratory depression, cardiac arrhythmia)
These risks are low when the circumcision is performed by a professional. If any issues arise during or after circumcision, Gentle Procedures Clinic will provide the appropriate treatment and after-care. It’s worth noting that there are risks with both an uncircumcised and circumcised penis.
Circumcision is a common and safe procedure when done right. It can be done at any age, but the best age for circumcision surgery tends to be within a few days after the infant is born to reduce the risk of UTIs. Always educate yourself on the benefits and risks involved, and seek to get your procedure done by a medical professional.