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1. What is Circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head of the penis. This procedure is commonly performed on newborn boys but can also be done later in life. Circumcision is usually carried out for cultural, religious, or medical reasons. It is a straightforward procedure typically performed in a hospital or clinic setting.

2. Benefits of Circumcision

Circumcision offers several potential benefits, including:

  • Reduced Risk of Infections: Lowered risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in infancy and a reduced risk of some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) later in life.
  • Prevention of Medical Conditions: Reduced risk of penile cancer and prevention of conditions such as phimosis (where the foreskin cannot be retracted).
  • Improved Hygiene: Easier genital hygiene, reducing the risk of infections and inflammations.
  • Cultural and Religious Reasons: Satisfies cultural or religious practices and traditions.
  • Potential Health Benefits for Partners: Lowered risk of cervical cancer and other infections for female partners.

3. How to Prepare Your Baby for the Procedure

Preparing your baby for circumcision involves several steps:

  • Consultation with Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour: Schedule a consultation at the Women’s Health Center of Chicago to discuss the procedure, benefits, risks, and aftercare. Dr. Alshahrour will provide detailed information and answer any questions you may have.
  • Medical Examination: Ensure your baby is healthy and suitable for the procedure. Dr. Alshahrour will perform a physical examination to confirm this.
  • Feeding Instructions: Follow any specific feeding instructions given by Dr. Alshahrour. Typically, your baby may need to fast for a short period before the procedure.
  • Comfort Measures: Bring items that will comfort your baby, such as a blanket or pacifier, to help soothe them before and after the procedure.

4. What to Expect During the Procedure

During your baby’s circumcision, you can expect the following:

  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area and minimize discomfort. In some cases, a sugar solution might be given to the baby to help keep them calm.
  • Procedure: Dr. Alshahrour will gently pull the foreskin away from the head of the penis and then remove it using a scalpel or a special surgical device. The entire procedure typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Monitoring: After the circumcision, your baby will be monitored for a short period to ensure there are no immediate complications.

5. Aftercare

Proper aftercare is crucial to ensure your baby’s smooth recovery:

  • Keep the Area Clean: Gently clean the area with warm water during diaper changes. Avoid using soap or alcohol wipes, which can cause irritation.
  • Apply Ointment: Use a petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment as advised by Dr. Alshahrour to prevent the diaper from sticking to the circumcision site and to promote healing.
  • Monitor for Complications: Watch for signs of infection such as increased redness, swelling, pus, or fever. Contact Dr. Alshahrour immediately if you notice any of these signs.
  • Pain Management: Your baby may experience some discomfort for a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers specifically formulated for infants can be used as directed by Dr. Alshahrour.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and address any concerns.

6. Types of Circumcision

There are several techniques used for circumcision, each with its own advantages. The most common types include:

  • Gomco Clamp: This method involves placing a bell-shaped device over the head of the penis, under the foreskin. The foreskin is then pulled over the bell, and a clamp is applied to crush the foreskin, which is then removed. This technique minimizes bleeding and typically has a short procedure time.

  • Plastibell Device: Similar to the Gomco method, the Plastibell involves placing a plastic ring under the foreskin. A suture is tied around the foreskin, cutting off blood supply, and the excess foreskin is trimmed. The plastic ring remains in place and typically falls off within a week, aiding in the healing process and reducing the risk of complications.

  • Mogen Clamp: In this method, the foreskin is pulled forward through a metal clamp, which crushes and cuts off the blood supply to the foreskin. The foreskin is then excised. This technique is often quicker and does not involve a device left on the penis.

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About Dr. Adeeb Al-Shahrour

Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital-Chicago. He received his medical degree from University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area and minimize pain during the procedure. While your baby may experience some discomfort afterward, this is usually mild and can be managed with appropriate pain relief measures.

The healing process typically takes about 7 to 10 days. During this time, it is essential to keep the area clean and apply any recommended ointments to promote healing.

While circumcision is generally safe, there are potential risks, including bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Dr. Alshahrour will discuss these risks with you and take steps to minimize them.

Circumcision does not negatively impact sexual function or sensitivity. Many studies suggest that circumcision does not affect sexual pleasure in adulthood.

Yes, circumcision is a personal choice. It is essential to consider the benefits, risks, and your cultural or religious beliefs. Dr. Alshahrour can provide information and support to help you make an informed decision.