Adult circumcision

What is adult circumcision surgery?

Adult circumcision is a simple operation which involves the removal of the foreskin from the penis. The foreskin is a sleeve of skin which covers the delicate end of the penis.

Why do people choose circumcision?

Whilst circumcision is commonly carried out on infants in some cultures or as a religious act in Judaism and Islam, a small percentage of teenagers and adults may choose to be circumcised for religious reasons.

Medical reasons are more often the deciding factor in adults choosing to get circumcised. There are several medical conditions which may prompt a man to choose adult circumcision surgery, including:

Tight Foreskin (also known as Phimosis)
Phimosis is the medical term for when the foreskin is too tight and unable to retract over the head of penis. This can be caused by infection, trauma or failure of the foreskin to loosen during childhood or adolescence.

Foreskin Unable to Retract (also known as Paraphimosis)
Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin is retracted from the head of the penis, becomes trapped and is unable to return to its usual position. Using circumcision as a treatment for this condition is rarely necessary.

Acute Balanoposthitis
Acute Balanoposthitis is caused by an infection and the foreskin can become red and swollen and this is usually accompanied by pus from the space between the foreskin and the head of the penis. Circumcision is usually only done for persistent cases.

Aside from the physical discomfort foreskin problems may cause, persistent problems may also cause psychological trauma.

What happens in adult circumcision surgery?

During the procedure, the narrow sleeve of the foreskin will be trimmed away and remaining skin edges are stitched together, usually with dissolvable stitches that do not need to be removed afterwards.

The procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep throughout the operation. The operation is a simple one and usually you can go home the same or next day.

Adult circumcision aftercare

After the operation it is likely that you will experience some discomfort as the wound heals. This can be relieved using painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen and should subside as the area heals.

The wound will usually be covered with a moist dressing, secured in place using elastic net pants, which can normally be removed the next day. Once the dressing is removed you can wash as normal.

Is adult circumcision available on the NHS?

Adult circumcision is currently being restricted by the NHS in some areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. In a number of areas of the UK the local NHS has restricted provision to those with a significant medical need. For these reasons many people opt for private treatment.

Why should I consider having a circumcision at a Spire hospital?

Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, with Spire Healthcare you will be seen quickly by the consultant-grade doctor of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital with some of the UK's highest standards of cleanliness and infection control.

To find out more about having a circumcision privately or to get a guide price, simply

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