• What You Need to Know About Circumcision in Adulthood

    Circumcision, a procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is removed, is performed on about 65% of newborn boys in the U.S. Although circumcision is embraced for religious or cultural reasons, it is not medically necessary. Neither systemic nor sexual health is compromised by forgoing circumcision in the majority of cases, as long as proper hygiene practices are followed.

    However, some uncircumcised men reach adulthood and decide that they would prefer to be circumcised. Generally, urologists recommend against having a circumcision performed during adulthood, unless there is a health problem. Some men have difficulty with recurring infections despite practicing good hygiene. Other men have difficulties with foreskin retraction. In these cases, a urologist can perform circumcision surgery to reverse the issues.

    To discuss your options for circumcision in adulthood , schedule a consultation at Urology Associates, P.C. To make an appointment with a urologist in Nashville, please call (855) 901-1338.

  • The Circumcision Decision: Factors for New Parents to Consider

    Circumcision is considered by many parents to be a routine procedure for newborn boys, even though it’s usually not medically necessary. For some parents, the choice to circumcise or not is clear, as it’s dictated by religious beliefs. Other parents may wish to speak with a urologist about this decision.

    Penile Conditions

    Circumcision prevents some medical conditions of the penis, including phimosis. Phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin. However, it cannot be diagnosed until the boy has reached his first birthday, as most boys are born with the inability to retract the foreskin. Paraphimosis is another condition that is treatable or preventable with circumcision. It is the inability to return the retracted foreskin to the usual position. Untreated paraphimosis can cause blood accumulation, swelling, and severe pain. Although circumcision eliminates the risk of certain problems of the foreskin, it may increase the risk of other health issues. Meatitis is the inflammation of the opening in the penis, and it’s more common among circumcised boys.

    Personal Hygiene

    Religious and cultural preferences aside, some new parents opt for circumcision simply because it improves cleanliness. Until the boy is old enough to perform this task, the parents must retract the foreskin to clean the penis thoroughly. Once the boy is old enough, he must be relied upon to take care of this task himself, and not all children are known for their diligence.

    Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

    Urologists have found that boys who were circumcised as newborns are far less likely to require UTI treatment compared to uncircumcised boys. New parents who decide not to circumcise their infant do have the option of scheduling a circumcision later if the boy shows a tendency to develop UTIs .

    Urologists might recommend this procedure for previously uncircumcised men who experience recurrent medical problems because of the presence of the foreskin. When you become a patient at Urology Associates, P.C., you’ll receive the in-depth guidance you need to make an informed decision. Call any of our twelve offices in Tennessee at (855) 901-1338.

  • A Look at Circumcision in Adulthood

    In the US, approximately 65 percent of newborns undergo elective circumcision within a day or two of birth. These procedures are performed for religious reasons or because of cultural traditions, however they are not medically necessary. In some cases, men who were not circumcised as infants decide that they want to have the procedure in adulthood. If you wish to become circumcised, the first step is to make an appointment with a urologist.

    From a urology perspective, adult circumcision is usually not necessary. Some men have difficulty with foreskin retraction or experience chronic inflammation of the tip of the penis that can be relieved through circumcision, but can often also be managed with changes in hygiene habits. When these non-invasive methods are not effective, a urologist may then recommend a circumcision. In other cases, circumcision offers no medical benefits, other than a slightly lower risk of UTIs.

    If you’re experiencing sexual dysfunction in Nashville , from erectile dysfunction to low libido, help is available at Urology Associates. Talk to a urologist about common sense treatments for your sexual health by scheduling a consultation at (855) 901-1338.