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Circumcision, a practice with roots in cultural, religious, and medical traditions, has endured through the ages. With the various benefits that circumcision has to offer, many people choose to undergo this procedure. To learn more about this surgical procedure, keep reading this article as we’ll explore more about the types of circumcision and what anyone can get by doing circumcision.

What is circumcision?

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Circumcision is a surgical procedure where the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis, is removed. This practice has been performed for centuries and is rooted in cultural, religious, and medical traditions.

In some cultures and religions, circumcision is a rite of passage or a religious requirement. For example, in Judaism, male infants are traditionally circumcised on the eighth day after birth as a sign of the covenant between God and the Jewish people. Similarly, in Islam, circumcision is considered a sunnah (tradition of the Prophet Muhammad) and is often performed during childhood.

Beyond its cultural and religious significance, circumcision is also performed for medical reasons. Some studies also suggest that circumcision may have benefits for sexual health and hygiene.

Considerations for Circumcision

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Arabic Muslim couple with a newborn baby

There are several reasons and considerations for choosing to undergo this procedure. Here are the most common ones:

Cultural and Religious Influences

There are practices of circumcision that are influenced by the beliefs of those performing it. For instance, in Islam, circumcision is often performed as a religious rite called “khitan.” It is usually done during childhood, often between the ages of seven and twelve. Meanwhile, in Judaism, circumcision, known as “brit milah,” is a fundamental part of the Jewish faith and is typically performed on male infants when they are eight days old.

Personal Preferences

People may also opt for voluntary circumcision for personal reasons. Some choose it for hygiene purposes, as a circumcised penis is often easier to clean. Aesthetics play a role as well, as some prefer the appearance of a circumcised penis, which can align with their body image goals or personal preferences.

Medical Reasons

Circumcision also offers health benefits. It can reduce the risk of certain infections, such as urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Additionally, it’s associated with a decreased risk of penile cancer and can help prevent balanitis, which is an inflammation of the glans penis. These health benefits provide compelling reasons for individuals to consider circumcision.

Styles of Circumcision

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Styles of Circumcision

The different styles of circumcision refer to variations in how much foreskin is removed and how the remaining skin is positioned after the procedure. These styles can affect the appearance of the penis and may impact sexual sensation and function to some degree. Here are the main styles:

High and Tight 

This style involves removing much of the inner foreskin and some shaft skin, resulting in the circumcision scar being higher on the shaft. The skin is pulled tight, exposing the glans and creating a smoother appearance.

High and Loose 

Similar to the high and tight, this style retains most of the inner foreskin but leaves more outer foreskin and shaft skin, allowing for a looser fit and more movement of the skin around the shaft.

Low and Tight 

Low and tight style removes most of the inner foreskin, and the circumcision scar is closer to the glans. This style leaves minimal slack in the skin, resulting in a tight, close fit around the glans.

Low and Loose 

This style involves removing only the inner foreskin, leaving the outer foreskin intact. The remaining foreskin is sutured close to the base of the glans, but there is more slack in the skin, allowing for more movement and a looser appearance.

Aesthetic Circumcision

This style is less about tightness and more about achieving a specific aesthetic look, often with the goal of a natural appearance and minimal scarring. It may involve preserving more of the foreskin and carefully adjusting the remaining skin.

Types of Circumcision

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Types of Circumcision

Types of circumcision refer to the different methods or techniques used to perform the circumcision procedure. These methods can vary based on the tools and approaches used by healthcare providers. Here are some common types:

Surgical techniques

Gomco clamp method

The Gomco clamp method is a common technique used for circumcision. It involves placing a clamp, which is usually composed of a round metal cap, metal plate, and screw device, around the foreskin to secure it in place. The excess foreskin is then removed, and the clamp helps to control bleeding during the procedure.

This method is preferred for its simplicity and effectiveness, but it requires skill and expertise to ensure a safe and successful outcome. However, it is still a popular choice among practitioners.

Plastibell 

The Plastibell technique is a frequently used technique for circumcision, particularly in newborns. It entails inserting a small plastic ring with a handle between the foreskin and the glans penis. The ring remains positioned for several days, allowing the foreskin to gradually necrose and eventually detach. While this method is praised for its simplicity and minimal bleeding, it’s necessary to close monitoring to ensure the ring falls off as intended.

Mogen Clamp 

The Mogen clamp method is similar to the Gomco clamp method but uses a different type of clamp. Like the Gomco clamp, it secures the foreskin before removal. This method is preferred for its simplicity and effectiveness, reducing the likelihood of postoperative infection since the instrument is not left on the patient’s penis.

Forceps-Guided Method, Dorsal Slit Method, Sleeve Resection Method

The forceps-guided method, dorsal slit method, and sleeve resection method are all techniques used in circumcision procedures. The forceps-guided method involves using forceps to guide the removal of the foreskin, ensuring precision and control. This method is preferred for its simplicity and minimal invasiveness.

The dorsal slit method, on the other hand, entails making a slit along the top of the foreskin to facilitate its removal, which is particularly useful in cases of tight or difficult-to-retract foreskin. It allows for a more controlled and precise removal. Similarly, the sleeve resection method involves circularly cutting the foreskin to remove a portion of it, often used when a larger amount of foreskin needs to be removed.

Laser Circumcision

Laser circumcision is a modern method that employs a strong laser beam to eliminate the foreskin. This approach offers precise cutting and removal of the foreskin, leading to minimal bleeding and quicker healing compared to older surgical methods. Despite these advantages, traditional techniques remain commonly used.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is circumcision safe for infants?

Infant circumcision is generally safe when done by a qualified professional, but there are potential risks like bleeding or infection. It’s a personal decision for parents to discuss thoroughly with their pediatrician.

Can circumcision prevent the transmission of HIV?

Circumcision can be a factor in HIV prevention for men. Studies suggest it reduces a man’s risk of acquiring HIV by up to 60% during vaginal sex with an HIV-positive partner. However, it doesn’t protect female partners and should not be solely relied upon. Condoms are still essential for the most effective HIV prevention.

Is it safe to undergo circumcision?

Yes, circumcision is generally considered safe when performed by a trained healthcare professional. Like any surgical procedure, risks are involved, such as bleeding, infection, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia.

Conclusion

With a long history in culture, religion, and medicine, circumcision is a personal decision made for many reasons. Cultural and religious traditions, personal beliefs, and potential medical benefits all play a role. It’s important to weigh and discuss these factors with your doctor before choosing.

If you’re considering circumcision for yourself, a relative, or a family member, feel free to contact the Circumcision Specialist Clinic for more information.

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