Circumcision is the permanent cutting away of your foreskin that covers the tip of your penis.
The main difference between a circumcised and uncircumcised penis is the presence of foreskin around the head of the penis.
What is Circumcision?
A circumcision may be performed to resolve painful and irritating health problems, including: phimosis when your foreskin is too tight to pull back over your penis head, paraphimosis when your foreskin won’t return to its original position after being pulled back, balanitis when your penis head is irritated and, rarely penile cancer.
Circumcised or uncircumcised – the decision is made for many reasons. For boys, getting circumcised is often performed for religious, custom or family tradition reasons.
Men and boys may have a circumcision operation for personal hygiene, preventive health care or for medical reasons after less invasive techniques have been tried and are unsuccessful.
What does a Circumcision surgery involve?
Circumcision surgery is a commonly performed day case procedure that takes about thirty minutes.
You will be given a general or local anaesthetic first. Your surgeon will then place a special sterile clamp or plastic ring over your penis head. Plastibell device, Gomco clamp or Mogen clamp are frequently used.
They will then remove your foreskin just behind the head of your penis using a scalpel or surgical scissors to leave your glans (head of the penis) completely exposed. They will seal any small blood vessels and stitch the edges together with dissolvable stitches.
What complications can happen after a Circumcision?
There are medical benefits and risks to being circumcised.
The possible benefits of circumcision include: a lower risk of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and, penile cancer when circumcised as compared to being uncircumcised.
Circumcision is a relatively safe procedure, with a low risk of a serious complication occurring. You will probably experience some swelling and a permanent altered sensation in your glans penis.
There is a low risk of bleeding or infection and other complications including: permanent sensation reduction in the head of the penis, tenderness around the scar, undissolved stitches or the need for another operation to remove more skin from around the head of the penis.
Your surgeon will discuss the possible risks in detail with you before the surgery.
You will usually go home the same day as your circumcision surgery.
Your penis will be swollen and bruised for several days.
It usually takes at least ten days for your penis to heal after circumcision. Your surgeon will probably advise you to take at least one week off work to recover. They will also offer you advice about driving after circumcision surgery. It is recommended that you avoid having sex for at least four weeks.
Circumcision with Tees Valley Hospital
Circumcision at Tees Valley Hospital is performed by highly skilled and experienced urology surgeons who regularly perform male circumcisions.
Our patients experience a clean, modern and, welcoming environment. Our outpatient department has the latest facilities for minor procedures. We offer a competitive guide package price that includes histology costs and outpatient care.