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Information for Parents


  • What is this disease?

    • Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin.

    • Circumcision in boys may be carried out for:

      • Medical reasons – for example, as a treatment of last resort for conditions such as a tight foreskin (phimosis) or recurrent infection of the foreskin and head of the penis (balanitis).

      • Religious or cultural reasons – it's a common practice in Jewish and Islamic communities, and it's also practised by many African communities; most cultural circumcisions are carried out in young boys

  • How it is diagnosed?

    • For circumcision indicated for medical reasons (Phimosis, Balanitis etc.) are diagnosed by clinical examination only.

  • How it is treated? 

    • Surgery is the only modality available to treat this condition.

  • When it should be operated?

    • The surgery for circumcision for medical indications is done when medical treatment had failed and it is not physiological adhesions. For religious circumcision, it depends upon religious practices of community ,but mostly it is done in young boys.

  • Are there other alternative methods of treatment?

    • Medical management is not successful in this condition if it is pathological phimosis. Otherwise, physiological adhesions are managed by medical means.

  •  What all I need to know before my child surgery?

    • Read “All you need to know before your child's surgery” information booklet in website.

  • How is the surgery done?

    • A cut to remove the skin on the penis is made by surgeon and the underlying glans (head of the penis) is exposed completely. The skin is then rejoined beneath the glans with dissolving stitches.

  • Remarks

    • For more details of surgery, contact your surgeon

  • Related Photographs and videos

    • Few photographs of steps done by me is given here for learning purposes

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