Circumcision Procedures in Covington, LA
Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the skin at the tip of the penis, or the foreskin. The foreskin contains nerves, blood vessels and muscles to protect the rounded tip of the penis. When a boy is first born, the foreskin is stuck to the penis. At this point, the parents of the child might choose circumcision.
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The board-certified urologists at Louisiana Healthcare Associates Urology provide pediatric and adult circumcision at our urology clinic in Covington. Learn more about the circumcision process and schedule your consultation with Dr. Purohit or Dr. Sleeper today.
What to Expect During a Circumcision
Circumcision is a short procedure that takes anywhere from five to fifteen minutes. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied, the foreskin is detached from the head of the penis and the excess foreskin is clipped off. Vaseline is placed on the wound before it’s wrapped for healing. Though complications are rare, bleeding, infection and removal of too much foreskin are potential risks.
To decrease the risk of infection, the circumcised penis must be cleaned with soap and water each time a diaper is soiled.
Information About Adult Circumcision
Men of all ages can be circumcised. Adult circumcision takes approximately an hour and is performed under general or local anesthesia. The patient will be given pain medication and there will be very little pain, if any, after the procedure. Recovery from adult circumcision takes five to seven days and men will be able to return to full sexual activity after the procedure.
Benefits of Circumcision
In general, circumcised individuals are less likely to encounter certain health problems and infections. There is also a lower likelihood of generalized irritation of the penis by having the foreskin taken off. This is due to the fact that the removal of a male’s foreskin allows the area to be cleaned, and remain cleaned, more easily. Trapped bacteria under the foreskin can often lead to health issues like a urinary tract infection, which is especially common in uncircumcised infants under 6 months of age.
Circumcision is also associated with lowered risks for several other serious conditions such as penile cancer and HIV. Although these studies and their findings are recent, they do support the theory that removing an infant’s foreskin will reduce his risk for both HIV and penile cancer in the future.
Men can also lessen their female partner’s risk for sexually transmitted diseases and cervical cancer by becoming circumcised during infancy.
There has been medical evidence that circumcision provides the following benefits:
- A reduced risk of STDs in men
- A reduced risk of prostate cancer – A recent study found that men who are circumcised are 14 percent less likely to get prostate cancer.
- Lower risk of urinary tract infections
- Lower risk of your sexual partner getting cervical cancer or other infections.
Schedule a Consultation for Circumcision Procedures in Covington, LA
If you would like additional information about circumcision procedures or would like to schedule a consultation with our urology specialist at Louisiana Healthcare Associates. Please call (985) 892-6811 to set up an appointment at our local urology clinic, or requests an appointment online via our secure form.