What is male circumcision?
Circumcision is an elective surgical procedure performed on males. It is the practice of removing the foreskin from the male's penis.
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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.
About 30% of males worldwide are circumcised. In Australia, circumcision rates are between 10-20%. In the United States, the figure is about 65%.
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.