Is it Possible to Get Circumcised as an Adult?
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What You Need to Know About Adult Circumcision
When you think of the term “circumcision”, a vision of a newborn getting the procedure done most likely pops into your mind. However, new research is suggesting that getting a circumcision as an adult can provide some stunning health benefits for men. The topic of circumcision can be somewhat controversial, depending on where you’re from. A lot of parents have their babies experience a circumcision when they are only a few days old, but men of all ages can have the surgery done – the most common age range for adults is between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. Here’s what you need to know about adult circumcision and its many benefits.
Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the skin at the top of a male’s penis. This loose flap of skin, called foreskin, is something that every male is born with, as it covers and protects the rounded, top portion of the penis. Foreskin contains blood vessels, nerves and a small amount of muscle. Even though it is typical for male babies to get circumcised at birth, that isn’t always the case. For those males who were not circumcised at birth, the foreskin that was once stuck to the penis eventually separates as they grow older. This separation lets urine exit the body more easily and allows the skin to pull back when the penis becomes erect.
Adult Circumcision Procedure
Although it’s fairly painful when experienced as an adult, circumcision is a vey quick procedure that requires no more than a few minutes of your time to complete. The penis is sanitized, then numbed with a local anesthetic. A special circumcision clamp – either the Gomco clamp, Mogen clamp or Plastibell device – is placed over the head of the penis. Finally, the foreskin is removed using a sterile pair of scissors or scalpel.
Benefits of an Adult Circumcision
Urologists state that the health benefits of a circumcision greatly outweigh the risks of the surgical procedure. Baby boys receive circumcisions more often than grown male adults, but there are a few reasons why an adult would want to get a circumcision. According to a new study from the University of Quebec, men who were circumcised after the age of 35 had a 45 percent lowered risk for prostate cancer, in comparison with those men who kept their penises the way that they are. While more research needs to be gathered to gain more insight into this finding, it’s a pretty solid argument for receiving an adult circumcision. Adult circumcision can also help reduce the number of recurrent sexually transmitted diseases and can help treat uncircumcised-related conditions like phimosis, paraphimosis and balanitis.
The Bottom Line
Adult circumcision is a possibility, but not just for cosmetic purposes. Most men do not wish to experience a circumcision unless it’s absolutely necessary. And while a lowered risk of prostate cancer is an amazing benefit, it’s not enough of a reason to get the surgery done as an adult. If you’re experiencing any pain and discomfort because of your uncircumcised penis, or if you are having recurring STD’s because of it, then you need to contact a medical professional and ask them for an expert opinion regarding the next steps. Generally, adult circumcision is performed on a case-by-case basis, and can be done so, hypothetically, at any time. Getting circumcised as an adult may be painful, but the surgical procedure is certainly worth it if you are able to resolve a health issue that the foreskin causes.
Contact Somerset Urological Associates about Adult Circumcision Today
If you are an uncircumcised adult male, and would like to discuss your options regarding a circumcision procedure with a medical professional, please look no further than Somerset Urological Associates. We seek to provide the highest level of care through our highly skilled health care professionals and state of the art technologies, and we are always devoted to addressing the individual needs and demands of patients with kindness and professionalism. To schedule an appointment, please contact us by calling 908-927-0300.