How common is circumcision?
About 30% of males worldwide are circumcised. In Australia, circumcision rates are between 10-20%. In the United States, the figure is about 65%.
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Circumcision is an elective surgical procedure performed on males. It is the practice of removing the foreskin from the male's penis.
Circumcision can be performed on males of any age. Although infant circumcisions is a controversial issue for many people. most circumcisions are commonly performed on infants in the first days of life.
Circumcision is performed globally by medical professionals. In some cultures, traditional practitioners also perform circumcisions.
The patient is placed under a local or general anaesthetic. Usually, if it is performed in the first few days of life, a local anaesthetic is used. If it is performed later, usually after 6 months of age, a general anaesthetic is used. The doctor separates …
Circumcision is generally a safe procedure. Complications of a circumcision performed by medical professionals are rare (0.2-0.6%) and usually mild.
In the days after the procedure, the penis should be washed, cleaned and lubricated until the incision site heals completely. Healing usually takes up to a week.