Alaska Urological Institute

Circumcision

Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin, which is the skin covering the tip of the penis. The procedure has been performed for thousands of years and has both religious and medical / hygienic origins.

Modern medicine has found numerous health benefits of circumcision, including reduced risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer and inflammation of the glans. Circumcision also results in a reduced risk of passing the human papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer, to a female partner. Most notable, several studies have shown that circumcision lowers the risk of vaginal-to-penis transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The World Health Organization states that the study results are “compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%.” Both the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS recommend that men get circumcised.

Circumcision is usually performed soon after birth, but can be performed at any age. There are some risks associated with adult circumcision, but most are related to the medical procedure rather than circumcision itself. These risks include pain, bleeding and infection. Having the procedure performed at a modern medical facility by an experienced physician greatly reduces these risks.

Institute urologists routinely perform circumcision and are available to go to any area hospital to circumcise newborn babies. We also perform circumcision in our offices for both babies and adults.