Circumcision has been a topic of debate for many years. But, in recent years, the benefits of circumcision as a medical procedure have come to light. Circumcision can can resolve and prevent various penile disorders that are related to the foreskin
It is an established fact that the pros of circumcision weigh more than the cons. Even the cons can be avoided totally by opting for the right circumcision procedure.
In today’s times, the technique of circumcision has quite evolved. Some modern procedures of circumcision have also come into existence. Thus, it is necessary to do some research, and speak to a specialist before deciding to undergo any surgical procedure of circumcision.
Through this blog, you will get to know about the different types of circumcision. The detailed information will help you in getting a clear idea as to which procedure is a better choice for you.
Following are the 3 different types of circumcision procedures-
- Open Surgery/ Traditional method Of Circumcision
Open surgery is the traditional method of circumcision which is quite complicated in nature. Dorsal Slit Technique is the professional term used for open circumcision surgery.
In this type of circumcision, the doctor makes a cut along the length of the prepuce to remove it. Big incisions involved in the procedure of open circumcision cause bleeding and pain. Owing to the difficulty of procedure, there are chances of some surgical mistake that further adds up to the discomforts of the person.
The cases of postoperative complications are also quite common in open circumcision. Many patients do experience severe pain and swelling in the penile area even after a few weeks of circumcision. As the open surgery makes extensive use of cuts, incisions and stitches, chances of infections are quite high. In some cases of traditional surgery, hematoma i.e. accumulation of blood under the skin in the penile region is also seen
The recovery period takes about 4-5 weeks for the patient to completely heal after circumcision. The patient has to be really cautious and careful during the recovery period and there are a lot of lifestyle restrictions as well. Thus, such a long downtime full of discomforts after the surgery often disrupts the personal and professional life. It is also crucial to notice that the recovery period may get prolonged if the male catches any kind of infection because of the wounds.
Now that you are aware of the intricacies of traditional type of circumcision, let’s move on to the 2 advanced and simpler procedures.
- Stapler Circumcision
Stapler circumcision is called a stapler circumcision by many healthcare practitioners. It is a much safer and reliable circumcision procedure that causes minimal pain and discomfort. There is hardly any major bleeding involved in Stapler circumcision. It is a short procedure that is completed in just 30-30 minutes. It is performed under the influence of anesthesia (general or local anesthesia). As the effect of anesthesia wears off (in 5-6 hours), the patient can return home on the same day.
There is no long downtime required to recover after Stapler circumcision. Usually, the patient recovers in just 4-5 days by following the simple instructions of the surgeon. Thus, there is no major disruption, the individual can resume their normal activities within a week only. Therefore, this modern circumcision procedure is a better choice than the open surgery.
- Laser Circumcision
In the past few years, there have been several developments in the technologies of medical equipment. Such developments have contributed in simplifying surgical procedures. One such remarkable advancement is the laser circumcision procedure.
It is a minimally invasive circumcision procedure. There are no extensives cuts or incision carried out on the penis. The surgeons remove the layer of the foreskin by using the high-intensity laser beam. The pulses of laser energy are only focussed on the foreskin, there is no damage to the surrounding tissues. Laser circumcision is performed after administering anesthesia to the patient. Thus, it is also a painless procedure that also ensures no major blood loss.
The advanced procedure of laser circumcision is safe for the males of all age groups including infants. It is a quick procedure that completes in just 20-30 minutes only. Laser circumcision is also a daycare procedure, where the patient can head back to home on the same day. Thus, there is no need for overnight hospital stay in the case of laser circumcision.
Even the recovery period of laser circumcision is quite smooth and fast. There are only minimal discomforts after laser circumcision for just 2-3 days. As there are no stitches or wounds left behind to heal, there are no major lifestyle restrictions. Also, the chances of postoperative complications is almost nil for laser circumcision that stands in stark contrast to that of open surgery.
Now that you have gained insights into the different types of circumcision procedures, read further to understand the importance and medical need of circumcision.
Undergoing circumcision offers the following health benefits that you may or may not be aware of-
- Undergoing circumcision greatly decreases the chances of catching UTIs (urinary tract infections) in men.
- It is simpler to maintain proper hygiene of a circumcised penis. It requires no extra time and efforts to keep the area clean and dry. Simply washing the penis daily while taking shower is enough.
- Circumcision can prevent and even cure various foreskin-related penile problems such as phimosis (tight foreskin), paraphimosis (tight foreskin stuck). Circumcision is also very effective for inflammatory conditions of penis like balanitis (inflammation of the head or glans), posthitis (inflammation of foreskin) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of glans and foreskin both).
- Men who have undergone circumcision are less vulnerable to STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) in comparison to men who are uncircumcised.
- It is established by numerous studies that circumcision also reduces the chances of cancer by almost 90 percent.
Undergoing circumcision is certainly a personal decision of an individual. Sometimes, circumcision becomes more of a medical urgency for many men. Therefore, in such circumstances, it is better to be well-informed about the different procedures before blindly rushing into the surgery. It is your right to ask all the queries related to the circumcision procedures and have them answered patiently. Once, all your apprehensions are resolved, undergo circumcision as recommended by your specialist doctor