Picture of Circumcision

Many males are born with tight or excess foreskin. This can cause infections and pain / skin tears during sex. Circumcision is a procedure to remove this excess foreskin. Surgery is done under general anaesthesia as a day surgery and usually takes hour. It can also be done under local anesthesia in adults but takes longer. The excess foreskin is cut off and the edges stitched with absorbable sutures. The stitches dissolve after a week. The carbon dioxide laser can also be used to remove the excess skin to help seal the blood vessels, but it is more costly to use and slower to do.

Complications include:

  • bleeding. If active, evacuation of the clots and re-stitching may be needed.
  • infection. This will cause added pain and delay wound healing. Hence, it is important to clean the wound daily with anti-septic solution, apply antibiotic cream and complete the course of antibiotics.

Desired outcomes:

  • not too much / too little foreskin removed
  • no active bleeding requiring re-stitching ( < 1% occurrence)
  • wound infection rate < 5%