Circumcision: A Comprehensive Look At Before And After

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Circumcision: A Comprehensive Look At Before And After

Alaka

Alaka

Updated on February 08, 2024

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Circumcision, as you may know, is an age-old surgical procedure. The decision to undergo circumcision needs careful understanding and consideration.

It is important for the individual to understand the pros and cons of circumcision. Are you curious about what happens before and after circumcision? Do you want to explore more on the topic? Want to learn more about the complexities of the topic?

Mykare Health is here for you. In this blog, we will help you understand the before and after journey of circumcision. Join us as we explore the challenges, considerations, and complexities that come with circumcision.

Before Circumcision

If you are considering circumcision, it is important to know all the factors related to the procedure.

  • Circumcision can be performed on infants, adolescents, and adults. The process is basically removing the foreskin from the head of the penis.

  • Circumcision is a procedure that has been in practice for thousands of years. It has been practiced for cultural, religious, or hygiene purposes.

  • The procedure has been adopted by many due to its preventive health benefits.

  • Circumcision lowers the risk of getting infections and improves hygiene in the genital area.

  • The procedure is also believed to offer a reduced risk of penile cancer in the future.

  • There are also some conditions that call for the necessity of circumcision. It can include phimosis, balanitis, and paraphimosis.

  • The decision to undergo circumcision is usually personal and can be a culturally influenced choice. In the case of infants, the decision will be based on the parents’ preferences.

  • It is necessary to consider both the benefits and risks of circumcision before the surgery.

Since complications can occur, it is important. It is part of the ethical aspects of the procedure. The benefits and risks can be almost similar in the case of different age group’s circumcision.

Decision Making

The decision making process before circumcision can be a difficult step for many. There are various factors that influence the decision making process. Let’s take a look at some of them.

  • Religious and cultural belief: In some cultures, circumcision is a mandatory tradition. For individuals belonging to these cultures, the decision will be influenced by this.

  • Medical factors: Some choose to get circumcised for certain health benefits such as reducing infection risks. It can also be due to certain conditions such as phimosis.

  • Personal or parents’ preferences: Individuals may choose to get the surgery done for personal preferences. It can be for cosmetic appearance or better hygiene. Parents give importance to their personal values and bel

  • Informed consent: Informed consent from individuals is important when it comes to circumcision. In the case of children, the decision is made by the parents. There occurs an ethical question about the child’s right to make decisions. There are ongoing debates for the same.

  • Cultural sensitivity: Many people choose to undergo circumcision for cultural reasons. It is important that the doctors and surgeons also understand and respect these cultures.

Circumcision Procedure

Circumcision is viewed as a simple procedure.

How’s it done?

  • It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The person will be given anaesthesia before the procedure. Its type will be based on the person’s age and condition.

  • There are several methods of circumcision available. The choice will be based on preference and the surgeon’s recommendation. Gomco clamp, mogen clamp, and plastibell device are the main methods used by surgeons.

  • During the procedure, certain complications can occur. Bleeding, infection, and swelling can occur.

  • In some cases, surgical errors can occur on the surgeon’s part. Pain and discomfort just after the surgery can also be expected in some cases.

  • Anaesthesia related complications have also been reported. It is the doctor’s duty to prevent it from happening.

  • The surgery should be done with utmost care. There are advanced anaesthesia methods available now. It is suitable for infants as well as adults.

It is important that you have an open communication with your doctor before the procedure. Clear your queries if you have any. It is important that you should be aware of these risks and complications. You should be aware of what will happen during and after the surgery.

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After Circumcision

We have discussed what happens before and during circumcision. Now, let’s take a look at what happens after the procedure.

There are certain things you should follow as well.

  • The recovery period is usually 7 to 10 days. The surgical wound will be covered.

  • Doctors will provide instructions on how to clean and take care of the wound area. It is advised to not use any harsh substances to clean the area.

  • Individuals may experience pain after the surgery. The pain usually goes away after a while. If it is not, there are medications.

  • But, those should only be consumed with doctor’s instructions. Medicines for pain are prescribed according to an individual's age.

  • Circumcision can cause long term effects such as changed appearance and improved hygiene.

  • Reduced risk of infections such as UTIs and STIs are also a plus after circumcision. There will be a reduced risk of penile cancer as well.

  • The impact and experience after circumcision can be varied according to individuals. It is important to note this.

  • Certain factors can cause this including age, context, and personal beliefs. Aftercare is also important during post surgery for proper healing and results.

Key Takeaways

Circumcision is basically removing the foreskin from the head of the penis. The process can be performed on infants, adolescents, and adults. It has been practised for cultural, religious, or hygiene purposes.

Common factors that influence the decision making process include religious and cultural belief, medical factors, personal or parents’ beliefs, informed consent, and cultural sensitivity.

There are several methods of circumcision available. Gomco clamp, mogen clamp, and plastibell device are the main methods used by surgeons.

The recovery period after circumcision is usually 7 to 10 days. Circumcision can cause long term effects such as changed appearance and improved hygiene. Reduced risk of infections such as UTIs and STIs are also a plus. There will be a reduced risk of pen

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