Circumcision is surgery to remove the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.
The foreskin usually protects the head of the penis and contributes to sexual sensations. Circumcision is usually performed on babies for family, religious or cultural reasons, or because some people prefer the look of a circumcised penis.
Recent research suggests that circumcision may bring some medical benefits, some doctors believe these are too small to justify surgery.
These benefits may include:
- eliminates risk of phimosis (tightening of the foreskin)
- decreases risk of infections
- decreases risk of penile cancer
- decreases risk of HIV & HPV (one of the causes of cervical cancer in women)
There are several methods used in Australia to perform circumcision. Lionel primarily uses a Gomco clamp for safe and effective circumcision. The clamp is to protect the glans of the penis from injury.
Circumcision is ideally carried out within the first 2 weeks of life. At our practice, the procedure is not carried out after your infant is 4 weeks old.
Aftercare information is provided on the day of the circumcision. You will require kitchen salt, Vaseline, and a few extra cuddles for your little one.
To discuss circumcision or book an appointment, please contact us.