August 19, 2023

What is Partial Circumcision?

What is partial circumcision?

Partial circumcision involves removing only part of the penile foreskin. The procedure is most commonly performed on infants and young boys who have medical conditions that make traditional circumcision risky or difficult. It is also a common choice for parents who want their children to experience some of the health benefits of circumcision, such as lower risks of urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases, without the entire circumcision procedure.

The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to numb the area. The doctor then makes a small incision to create a flap of foreskin that can be easily retracted. After the foreskin is removed, the doctor may use a laser or stapler to seal the site. The surgeon may also use thermal cautery tools to prevent bleeding after the surgery is completed.

After the surgery, your baby or child will need time to heal. During this period, it is important to protect the surgical site from urine and feces by applying petroleum jelly or other waterproof ointments to the penis. It will also be important to avoid rubbing or getting the site caught in underwear or diapers until it is fully healed. It will take about seven days for an infant to heal from a partial circumcision.

Circumcision is a controversial procedure, with some doctors believing that it should only be done for health reasons and not for cosmetic or religious purposes. Other medical professionals argue that it can reduce the risk of certain infections, including STIs such as HIV.


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