During a circumcision, the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis is removed. This procedure is performed for a variety of reasons, including medical, religious and cultural preferences. Typically, circumcision is performed on newborn babies, but sometimes can be performed on mature males.
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Conditions Treated with Circumcision:
Circumcision can be performed in order to meet preferences for appearance, religion, or culture. Medical conditions that can be treated with circumcision include foreskin inflammation or a tight foreskin.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to circumcision.
Anesthesia with Circumcision:
When circumcision is performed on newborns, local anesthesia is used. For older males, either local or general anesthesia can be used during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Circumcision:
Possible risks of circumcision include pain, infection, bleeding and scarring. It is also possible for the penis to be injured during the procedure.
Prognosis after Circumcision:
The prognosis for a positive end result following circumcision is good. However, some critics of the procedure challenge whether or not the benefits of circumcision outweigh the potential complications.
Recovery from Circumcision:
It takes about seven to 10 days to recover from a circumcision.