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.