Circumcision is usually performed on infants, but adult males who still have their foreskin might also consider the procedure. At McCormick | Finger Urology, Dr. Erin McCormick and her team do circumcisions to address specific health issues or for personal aesthetic reasons. Adult men in the Rio Grande Valley who are considering circumcision can call her office in Harlingen, Texas or book a consultation online using the booking agent.
Circumcision is a minor operation that removes the foreskin from a male’s penis. It’s often done on infants for religious or cultural reasons. A penis is wrapped in a layer of skin, which can be gently pulled back to uncover the head of the organ.
In an infant, the foreskin is pulled back and clipped off in a quick process. In adults, the removal occurs with a scalpel in a more involved surgical procedure that lasts about an hour.
Some men are unsatisfied with the appearance of their uncircumcised penis and choose the procedure for aesthetic reasons. In most cases, however, adult circumcision is recommended to address specific medical issues. These include:
Phimosis is the inability to pull back the foreskin, causing pain and urinary problems. You may develop this condition due to being born with a tight foreskin or inflammation.
This occurs when the head of your penis swells due to a sexually transmitted infection or another skin condition.
The use of a catheter can cause this emergency condition in which the foreskin is stuck behind the head of the penis and restricts blood flow to the end of the organ.
Adult circumcisions are complex operations, and recovery takes 2-3 weeks. During this time, the area may be bruised and slightly swollen, but the pain is usually relatively minor. Urination may be painful for up to a few weeks. You will experience pain during erections for a week or two.
Plan to take a couple of days off work if you have a desk job, and up to a week off if you do physical labor.
Wear tight-fitting underwear to hold your penis in place during recovery. Drink lots of water to dilute the acids in your urine. Avoid physical activity for about three weeks. Dab petroleum jelly on the tip to ease discomfort. Refrain from sexual activity for six weeks following adult circumcision.
For more information about adult circumcision, call McCormick | Finger Urology or book an appointment using the online agent.