Circumcision is the surgery done to cut of the skin covering the tip of the penis. In ancient practice, circumcision is carried out as a religious ritual. It can also be done due to family tradition, personal hygiene and preventive health care. In some cases, circumcision is necessary for medical needs. Hence today, circumcision is more common for many different reasons.

How is circumcision done?
The foreskin of the penis is held away from the penis. The excess skin is then clipped off from the penis. The remaining skin is then stitched back to the penis.

Is circumcision necessary?
Circumcision has proven certain health benefits. Some of these benefits are as such:

  • Decreasing the risk of urinary tract infection
  • Reduced risk of some sexually transmitted diseases in men
  • Protection against penile cancer
  • Prevention of inflammation of the glans (balanitis) and inflammation of the glans and foreskin (balanopothitis)
  • Prevention of the inability to retract the foreskin (phimosis) and the inability to return the foreskin to it’s original location (paraphimosis)
  • Increase in sensitivity

What to expect for the procedure?
It usually takes about seven to ten days for the penis to fully recover from circumcision. During which, the penis would look like it’s sore, a little bit red, swollen and bruised, but it will cool off within a few days with no other major side effects.

Gentle washing and cleaning of the penis is advised and once it’s fully healed, wash the penis thoroughly with soap to keep a high standard of cleanliness.