Medical indications for adult circumcision

(from CNN Med Health News)

Adult circumcision is not uncommon, though it’s also not something a doctor will advise unless a man is experiencing certain health problems, such as balanoposthitis, inflammation of the head of the penis and overlying foreskin, or phimosis, difficulty retracting the foreskin. Both problems are seen more commonly in diabetics, but can occur in any uncircumcised man. They are caused by chronic irritation and scarring and can usually be prevented with careful cleaning beneath the foreskin.

As a first measure, a urologist will likely prescribe an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory ointment, which may help clear up the problem — there is often an associated yeast infection, which thrives in the warm, moist environment created beneath the foreskin. Unfortunately, these conditions often recur, and when they do, a circumcision is advisable.

Other reasons for an adult circumcision  In addition to balanoposthitis and phimosis, several other conditions can prompt a man to become circumcised:

  • Paraphimosis is the inability to position the foreskin back over the head of the penis after it has been retracted; this is usually associated with phimosis and can be a surgical emergency since blood flow to the head of the penis can become impaired.
  • Genital warts (condylomata) can become quite large and unresponsive to topical medications, and if located on the foreskin, may be best treated with circumcision.
  • Penile cancer, if caught early enough, may be treated with circumcision (interestingly, penile cancer virtually never occurs in circumcised men).

Finally, many men ultimately request circumcision for cosmetic reasons only; they (and their partners) seem to prefer the appearance of the circumcised penis.

Please visit our web-site for before and after pictures of adult circumcision and select a circumcision style that’s good for you.

Cosmetic adult circumcision (patient of Dr. Reed)



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