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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.
Who is circumcised?
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.
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%.
Who performs circumcisions?
Circumcision is performed globally by medical professionals. In some cultures, traditional practitioners also perform circumcisions.
Is circumcision safe?
Circumcision is generally a safe procedure. Complications of a circumcision performed by medical professionals are rare (0.2-0.6%) and usually mild.
How do I take care of my child after circumcision?
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.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 09 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Male circumcision