What is a Circumcision?

Circumcision is the procedure by which the foreskin is removed. There are 2 general accepted ways to perform a circumcision: clamp circumcisions and surgical circumcisions.

Clamp circumcision techniques include the Plastibell, Gomco Clamp, and Mogen Clamp. Dr. Kamyar Ebrahimi believes that these techniques can be safely perfomed in patients who are up to 3 weeks old. They can be easily performed in patients under local anesthetic. These devices however, may cause scaring, and could require revision when the child is older. Because at least in the case of the Mogen Clamp, the location of the glans is estimated by the practitioner, some cases of glans injury have been reported. Lastly, a patient who has a hypospadias should not have a circumcision until examined by a urologist.

Surgical circumcision is generally performed under general anesthesia, and removes the foreskin, and re-approximates the ends with sutures or glue. It is cosmetically more aesthetic, and quite safe. Dr. Kamyar Ebrahimi who practices urology in Glendale CA, believes that surgical circumcision should be performed by a urologist, as subtle differences in techniques can lead to disfiguring results.

What are the benefits of circumcision?

Circumcision when performed in the pediatric population can help prevent penile cancer. Multiple studies have shown that circumcised males have a lower chance contracting and passing sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), and are considered to be more hygienic.

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