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Uncircumcised: Frequently asked Questions

What Is a Circumcision?

A circumcision is the surgical removal of the male foreskin, which normally covers the tip of the penis. The surgery is most often performed in infancy, when tissues can heal more quickly as they grow and develop, but circumcision in teen and adult years is becoming more common.

What Are the Risks of Circumcision?

Like any surgical procedure, circumcision has its own set of possible risks. These include post-op risks like mild infection or meatitis, an inflammation of the urethral opening.

There are also permanent risks of unintended damage to penis tissues or nerve endings, but these are extremely rare. According to Parenting.com, “a 2010 British review of more than 16 studies on infant circumcision worldwide found a zero percent rate of serious complications.”

Parenting.com also debunks the myth that circumcision can later affect a man’s ability to obtain sexual pleasure, observing that, “hundreds of millions of American men have been circumcised, so an epidemic of men who didn’t enjoy sex would have been pretty hard to miss.”

What Does a Circumcised Penis Look Like?

Male foreskin tends to cover the tip of the penis, known medically as “the glans.” A circumcision removes this foreskin, leaving the glans permanently exposed. At the site where the foreskin formerly originated near the base of the glans, there may be thicker flesh or faint scarring as a result of the procedure.

What Are the Advantages and Benefits of Circumcisions?

Without circumcision, the foreskin can become a site where bodily oils and secretions accumulate. These accumulations, known as “smegma,” can greatly increase the risk of urinary tract infections or other hygiene-related health problems, especially in young children.

Later in life, these same accumulations can harbor sexually transmitted infections (STIs), increasing risk for infections like Human Papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer in female sexual partners, or HIV.

What Does a Circumcision Cost?

Circumcision procedure costs can vary greatly according to the healthcare provider, the patient setting and the unique needs of the case.

However, as a dedicated circumcision outpatient facility, Gentle Circumcision aims to establish a more fixed range of prices. The following prices correspond to our current fee schedule:

 

* Newborns* Birth – 4 Weeks: $250

* Birth – 4 Weeks: $250

* 4 – 7 Weeks: $350

* Older babies 2 – 11 months: $450

* Children 1 – 9 years old: $600

* Older Children and Teens 10 – 17 years old: $900

* Adults 18 years and older: $1,600

Why Do We Offer Such Low Prices?

Our prices are low relative to other clinics and care providers because we have a singular focus on providing high-quality, safe circumcision procedures. All of our affiliated surgeons and hospitals have a streamlined process for handling our cases, which helps to reduce costs.

Additionally, circumcisions on newborns and young children are a relatively simple procedures. For example, newborn circumcisions take only 10 minutes to complete.

Where Can I Get Circumcised?

Specialty centers like Gentle Circumcision provide the most comprehensive and affordable experience for families and adult men. As children age and become sexually mature, the circumcision procedure has increased risk of complications and an increased need for anesthesia, requiring an outpatient surgery setting or an operating room at a nearby hospital. Only dedicated circumcision specialists or urologists familiar with adult circumcision should perform the procedure.

Where Can I Get my Baby Circumcised?

Once again, specialist centers like Gentle Circumcision can provide the most comprehensive and affordable experience for families wishing to circumcise their newborn or young baby.

Families can also request that an obstetrician or pediatrician perform the procedure. It can be done in the hospital immediately after birth or in an outpatient center setting later on.

Why Gentle Circumcision?

Gentle Circumcision is the only dedicated circumcision center of its kind. All of our physicians have years of experience performing circumcisions and are aware of strategies to greatly reduce the risk of complications. We also use local anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia, further reducing the risks of surgery while maintaining the patient’s comfort level.

What Kind of Doctor Does Circumcisions?

Obstetrician/Gynecologists and pediatricians most commonly perform the procedure on newborns. Adherents to the Jewish faith may also choose to have a mohel perform the surgery, who is a person trained in both the Jewish ritual and the medical expertise needed to safely perform circumcisions on newborns.

For some cases, especially with adults, a surgeon with experience in urology will perform the procedure.

Why Do Men Get Circumcised?

Adult men get circumcised for various reasons. Some are concerned about sexual health since foreskin can increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections. Others are not happy with the aesthetic look of their uncircumcised penis. Some may wish to strictly adhere to religious faith after a conversion.

Why Do Babies Get Circumcised? 

Infant circumcision became popular as modern industrialized medicine emerged in the early 20th century. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend the procedure as a way to reduce the risk of early childhood infections as well as STIs they may acquire later in life.

Why Should I Circumcise My Baby?

You should only circumcise your baby if you feel it is the right choice for your family. Whether for health reasons, religious reasons or both, you have the right to make healthcare decisions for your child as long as they are done in his best interests.

Advantages to circumcision include a reduced risk of infection or inflammation, especially in early childhood.

How Is a Circumcision Done?

Circumcision procedures for newborns and infants involve numbing the foreskin with local anesthesia,  then snipping the foreskin tip to reveal the glans. Then, a specialized medical device known as a “plastibell” is used to cover the glans while a surgical ligature (tie) is used to tie off the unwanted foreskin around the bell. The foreskin can now easily be removed from around the bell with minimal bleeding. In older children, stitches are used to connect the edges and they will dissolve during the healing process.

How Long Does a Circumcision Take to Heal?

Since the foreskin is such a small component of the male infant’s anatomy, healing from circumcision can be rapid — between 10 and 14 days. Children and adults have a slightly longer healing period of around three weeks.

Interested in Having a Circumcision for Your Child or Yourself? 

You can receive information or book your consultation for a circumcision procedure by contacting us today.

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