Research shows that teen circumcision can prevent many cases of STDs like human papillomavirus (HPV) and even conditions like HIV. Jerome Pittman, MD, and the team at Gentle Circumcision in Culver City, California, specialize in performing circumcisions on children of all ages, including teens, with exceptional outcomes. Call Gentle Circumcision to schedule a consultation for teen circumcision or book an appointment online today.
Teen circumcision is the removal of the foreskin in a boy aged 13-19. Most boys undergo circumcision as newborns or young infants if their parents wish them to be circumcised. However, not all boys do, so some might choose to have a circumcision when they get older.
Teen circumcision for boys who weren’t circumcised as babies can help reduce the spread of STDs. Some studies show that it’s harder to keep the penis clean with a foreskin present. The area between the foreskin and penis can trap bacteria and viruses, which might not get washed away in the shower. These pathogens can then spread to sexual partners.
Teen circumcision helps to ensure there’s nowhere for bacteria and viruses to hide, reducing the likelihood of spreading STDs.
Dr. Pittman usually uses a method called sleeve resection for teen circumcision. This takes place under a local anesthetic or nerve block that numbs the entire area.
Dr. Pittman makes two cuts in the foreskin. He makes these cuts side by side in a ring shape on the shaft of the penis. After making these two cuts, Dr. Pittman can remove the skin in between. Then he sews the two edges together.
Teen circumcision takes about 30 minutes. Dr. Pittman uses his expertise to minimize the degree of scarring, both to ensure the penis looks pleasing and to prevent any complications caused by excess scar tissue.
It takes about three weeks to recover after teen circumcision.
A teen circumcision performed at Gentle Circumcision shouldn’t be painful, as Dr. Pittman makes patient comfort a priority at every stage.
Performing a circumcision would cause significant discomfort without the benefit of an anesthetic. Teen circumcisions usually take place under local anesthetic, but sometimes require general anesthesia.
After the circumcision, Dr. Pittman prescribes oral pain relievers to ensure a pain-free healing process. Patients often do well with extra-strength versions of pain medications like ibuprofen (Motrin®) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
However, in some cases, stronger medication like codeine might be necessary. Patients normally only need to take these medications for the first 24 hours after their teen circumcision.
To find out more about the benefits of teen circumcision, call Gentle Circumcision, or book an appointment online today.