Benefits of Circumcision
There are many benefits of the circumcision. Circumcision is the commonest operation with the lowest risks of complications by trained surgeons. There are different opinions, whether there is a need for a male to be circumcised.
Medical literature and research showed that boys under 1 year is an optimal age for circumcision due to medical indication.
In our experience ideal age of circumcision is in babies under 4 weeks. Because an infant’s low movement facilitates the use of local anaesthesia, usually sutures are not essential, healing is rapid, cosmetic outcome is usually excellent, expenses are minimal in this age group (from £250). Risks of complications of circumcision are also uncommon.
Infant circumcision is safe, simple, convenient and cost-effective procedure.
The benefits of infant circumcision include prevention of urinary tract infections (a cause of renal scarring), reduction in risk of inflammatory foreskin states such as balanoposthitis, foreskin injuries, tight foreskin (phimosis) and foreskin stuck behind the glans penis (paraphimosis)
When the men start having sexually activities, he has a big safety by circumcision against the risk of HIV and other viral sexually transmitted infections e.g. Genital herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as cancer of penis.
Reduction of the risk of cervical cancer in his female partner also happened.
Tight foreskin in adolescence or adulthood may evoke a fear of pain, sexual pain or reduced sexual pleasure. Adults require circumcision when there is tight foreskin due Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans (BXO)
BXO or lichen sclerosis is a penile skin condition which may affect the foreskin, head of penis (also called the ‘glans penis’) and wee hole (external meatal opening) or the tube which passes the urine from the bladder (urethra). BXO is long term (chronic) inflammation of the head of the penis; referred to as ‘balanitis’. Patches develop on the affected foreskin which have been dry appearance (also referred to as ‘xerotica’) and appeared as thickened and white patches.
White patches start in the foreskin, but then can extend to the surface of the skin on the head of the penis can fuse together. As a result, the foreskin can become very tight and pulling it back becomes difficult or impossible. This condition is called phimosis. It also causes in difficult to pass urine and associated with a painful erection along with tight foreskin.
In summary, circumcision in adolescents and adults at the London Circumcision Centre is the procedure which can be done under local anaesthesia with the lowest risks of complications by professional trained urologists.