If you're expecting a baby or recently had a baby boy, you probably have a few questions about circumcision. Dr. Mina Sehhat, your San Jose, CA pediatrician, shares the answers to a few commonly asked questions about the procedure.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is used to remove the foreskin, a layer of tissue that surrounds the head of the penis.
Why are circumcisions performed?
Circumcisions aren't medically necessary but are usually performed due to parental preferences or cultural reasons. Uncircumcised boys and men are more likely to develop foreskin infections. Other benefits of circumcision include reduced risks for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer of the penis and phimosis, a condition that occurs when the foreskin is unable to retract.
Is circumcision painful?
Your baby's comfort is a priority during circumcision. Although it may seem hard to believe now, people once thought that newborns didn't feel pain and didn't need anesthesia. Luckily, times have changed, and we recognize that pain control is an important part of the procedure. Before the circumcision begins, your child will be given a topical anesthetic or an injection.
What can I expect during a circumcision?
During the circumcision, your son is placed in a special seat or device that helps keep him still during the procedure. A plastic bell or clamp is placed around the foreskin to hold it in place. It only takes a few seconds for the doctor to remove the foreskin with a scalpel. After the procedure, a gauze or a plastic ring will be applied to the penis to protect it. Your baby's penis will be red for several days after the procedure but should soon return to normal.
Are you thinking about circumcision for your son? Call Dr. Sehhat, your San Jose, CA pediatrician, at (408) 975-7680 to schedule an appointment.