Circumcision is a simple surgical procedure in which the foreskin on the penis’ forehead is removed. Circumcision can be done during infancy or when the person is a tween or teen or a grown-up adult. However, getting your baby circumcised during infancy offers many health benefits.
The decision to get your baby/son/yourself is totally a personal choice and that may be decided based on faith or any other medical reason. Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran at Chennai Circumcision Clinic is one of the very few urologists in Chennai who specialized in stapler circumcision which is the most sought-after procedure to remove the foreskin.
Here, we present some of the myths and facts related to circumcision post which you will have very few doubts in mind if circumcision is right for you or your baby.
Myth 1 – Circumcision is just a cosmetic procedure offering no other health benefits.
Fact – For sure, circumcision looks like a cosmetic procedure in which nearly functionless skin is removed from the penis’ head. However, removing the foreskin on the penis prevents possible Urinary Tract Infections, deposition of smegma and also reduces the odds of penile cancer which typically starts in the foreskin.
Myth 2 – Sexual function of the person will be affected if the foreskin is removed.
Fact – Foreskin plays barely any role in deciding the sexual function of the penis or the person. Since this is a nearly nonfunctional part of the penis, it doesn’t affect erections, ejaculation, or any other aspect related to sexual pleasures or reproduction.
In fact, removal of foreskin helps in delaying ejaculation as the penis forehead becomes less sensitive and also reduces the risk of contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections. Note that, circumcision doesn’t really stop the person from contracting any STI/STD but reduces the chances by a smaller percentage.
Myth 3 – You cannot get circumcised during infancy
Fact – Circumcision can be done at any time from infancy to adulthood depending on the need or the choice of the individual or parents. But it is advisable to get circumcision done during infancy in order to reduce the risk of contracting Urinary Tract Infections or other medical conditions that may arise due to non-hygienic maintenance of the penis.
Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran, a renowned urologist at the Circumcision Clinic says that it is always better to get your baby circumcised as the healing will be relatively faster and less prone to infections.
Myth 4 – Growth of penis will be retarded if circumcision is done at a young age
Fact – Circumcision doesn’t affect any functionality or growth of the penis. Erections and the ability to urinate and to have sex don’t get affected in any way because of removing the foreskin.
Myth 5 – Circumcision is a complex surgical procedure requiring hospitalization
Fact – Circumcision is a simple procedure, typically taking less than 15 minutes after anesthesia taking effect. Circumcision can be done using laser or stapler method that is little advanced than conventional circumcision and either result in lower blood loss and helps in quick healing. Most of the time, this doesn’t need hospitalization, it can be done as an outpatient procedure unless something goes wrong which is a very rare scenario.
Myth 6 – Circumcision is an expensive/costly procedure
Fact – Circumcision is not really an expensive procedure. You need to choose a good clinic and an experienced doctor to get circumcised so that you don’t have any post-operative complications. If you are wondering about the cost of a circumcision procedure, just call our front desk for more details on the cost. You can also check if your insurance covers the procedure.