Circumcision Procedure: Why is it important?
Circumcision is widely accepted across the globe, while some countries do not practice it. It involves the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis. The procedure is common in newborn boys in some parts of the world, while others wait until the boys are in grade school before they undergo circumcision.
For some families, circumcision is a religious ritual, but for healthcare providers, it is for personal hygiene or preventive health care.
Circumcision is essential for health purposes. In some instances, there is a medical need for circumcision while others need it for hygienic purposes.
Circumcision helps boys achieve easier hygiene. It makes it simpler to wash and clean the penis. It also reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI), which is common in uncircumcised men.
It also lowers the risk of penile cancer. Though rate, penile cancer appears to be common in uncircumcised men. It also helps reduce the risk of penile conditions, like balanitis or the swelling of the foreskin, paraphimosis or the inability to retract skin to its original position, and balanoposthitis or swelling of the penile head.
In some countries like Africa, circumcision is recommended to reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
Circumcision also prevents penile problems like phimosis, wherein the foreskin is difficult to retract, leading to inflammation of the penile head.
How is the Circumcision Procedure Performed?
The doctor will perform circumcision either during infancy or pre-adolescence. In newborn circumcision, the baby will be lied down with his arms and legs restrained. After disinfecting the area around the penis, the doctor will inject an anesthetic to reduce pain.
When the anesthesia kicks in, the doctor will clamp the penis and the foreskin is removed. During aftercare, an antibiotic cream will be applied and will be wrapped with gauze.
After the procedure, wound care is essential to prevent infection. It will take more than a week for the penis to heal. During the first three days, the penile tip may become swollen, red, and painful.
For newborns, it is important to change the gauze every after a diaper change to reduce the risk of infection.
Parents should take care of their children after the procedure, especially because they will have a week to endure the pain and swelling. Give your child comfort, apply ointment or petroleum jelly on a light gauze, and apply on the wound. This will reduce urine irritation.
Possible Complications After Circumcision.
Just like any other procedure, circumcision may also lead to certain complications. These include excessive bleeding, infection, pain, cutting the foreskin too long or too short, irritation of the penile head, meatus narrowing, and reduced sensitivity in the penile area, which may cause a decrease in sexual pleasure later in life, or painful intercourse for the man’s sexual partner. If the complications worsen over time, it is important to see the doctor immediately.
The potential complications that can cause severe effects to include continuous bleeding from the wound, fever, ongoing pain, failure to urinate or produce a wet diaper, blue or black discoloration of the penis, redness or swelling that does not resolve, and a yellowish discharge
from the penis.
Circumcision medical issues.
Though circumcision is a safe procedure, some people may not be able to tolerate it. For those considering circumcision, the doctor will consider a range of medical issues such as medical history and any potential bad reactions to anesthetic.
Some parents opt for their children to be circumcised in the first few days after birth or after six months of age, but under general anesthetic. Some people want to have it later in life.
Circumcision is a normal tradition among many countries, but more importantly, it helps reduce the risk of potential problems in the future.
What we offer
Circumcision under local anesthesia – KES 5,000
This package includes:
● Doctor’s and procedure fees
Recommended age: 5years old Males and Above
Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 7am-3pm