Men who weren't circumcised as an infant can choose to have the procedure at any age, whether for personal or medical reasons. The board-certified physicians at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates talk with you about the procedure, tell you what to expect, and discuss the benefits and risks if needed to guide your decision. To learn more about circumcision or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs, or Eureka Springs, Arkansas, or use the online booking feature today.
Circumcision is a voluntary procedure to remove the foreskin, which is the piece of skin that covers the tip of the penis. Doctors or religious leaders perform most circumcisions within the first 10 days after a baby is born and often during the first 48 hours.
If you weren't circumcised shortly after birth, you can choose to have the procedure at any age.
When men choose to get a circumcision, it's usually a personal choice or due to one of the following medical problems:
When you can't pull back the foreskin because it tightens around the end of your penis, you have a condition called phimosis. If you have paraphimosis, the foreskin rolls back, and the roll is so tight you can't pull it over your penis.
Paraphimosis demands immediate medical treatment. The tight roll of foreskin can lead to swelling, cut off the blood flow to your penis, and cause tissue death.
You may end up with inflammation and infections under and around the foreskin. The inflammation may affect the foreskin (posthitis), the head of your penis (balanitis), or both (balanoposthitis). Infections often cause a sore penis, swelling, a discharge from under the foreskin, and pain during urination.
When you have an injury that tears the foreskin, Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates often recommends removing the damaged tissue rather than repairing it (unless you have a religious or personal objection to circumcision).
Your provider talks with you about the type of anesthesia you prefer; though they typically use general anesthesia, you can choose a local or spinal anesthetic.
The surgery takes about 30 minutes. During that time, your provider removes the foreskin by making an incision just behind the head of the penis. As a result, the head is completely exposed after removing the fold of skin.
Your provider wraps your penis in a dressing that you can remove in 48 hours. They also use absorbable stitches, so you don't need to worry about removal later.
Most men have pain and some swelling and need to limit their activities for several days. You can have sex again after the area heals in about four weeks.
To learn more about circumcision, call Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates or book an appointment online today.