Upon birth, males have a covering of tissue over the penis called the foreskin. A wide variety of parents opt to have this tissue surgically removed. The process is called circumcision. Las Palmas OB/GYN routinely handles circumcisions a week or two after the birth of male babies. Our staff always makes sure that the child is healthy enough to undergo this procedure beforehand.
Is Circumcision Necessary?
Although there are scientific studies that show some benefits to circumcision, other medical associations like the America Academy of Pediatrics relate that the benefits are insufficient. Therefore, the decision usually rests upon the preference of the parents. As every circumstance differs, parents may weigh the decision on the culture, religious beliefs, tradition, or the future physical aesthetics of the child. Regardless of the choice made, the staff at Las Palmas OB/GYN will focus on the health of the child.
What Are the Benefits?
Even though there is not a definite medical recommendation for circumcision, some notable benefits of the procedure are:
- The risk of urinary tract infections is reduced in circumcised men
- It protects men from penile cancer
- There is a significant risk reduction of cervical cancer in female sex partners
- Conditions with foreskin called phimosis and balanoposthitis is completely avoided
- Penis is easier to keep clean
Circumcision only takes a few minutes and there are rarely any complications. Your baby may be fussy for the first day after the procedure. You’ll be shown how to care for the circumcision and will be asked to bring your son back in for a checkup one week after the procedure has been completed.
There are some relatively rare risks, such as infection and bleeding, associated with circumcision. The procedure is only performed on infants who are stable and healthy. If an infant is born prematurely or has an illness, circumcision may be done later than usual. Once an infant is a month old, however, a pediatric urologist may be required.