Pro And Cons Of Adult Male Circumcision: Benefits, Treatments & Recovery
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the male foreskin. Men may seek circumcision for several reasons, including improved hygiene, sensation, functionality, and cosmetic enhancement.
Let’s start analysing circumcision pros and cons so you can understand the risks and benefits of circumcision which can then help you make an informed decision about your circumcision.
The Pros & Cons of Circumcision
Regardless of the reasons behind your decision to undergo a circumcision procedure, it is important to consider every angle of the process.
- Medical reasons
The penis is one of the most sensitive areas on a man’s body. When it experiences discomfort, the pain can be excruciating and embarrassing.
One common indication for a circumcision would be the treatment of recurrent infections of the foreskin and glans penis, also known as balanoposthitis, or simply, balanitis. In patients with recurrent balanitis, the removal of the foreskin helps the patient keep the head of penis clean and dry, thus reducing the probability of the infection.
Another common medical reason for a circumcision is to treat tight foreskin, a condition also known as phimosis. Patients with phimosis are unable to retract the foreskin behind the glans penis due to tightness of the skin. Circumcision can alleviate inflammation and prevent future flare-ups.
- STDs and HIV prevention
Another benefit of circumcision is its ability to reduce the risk of the sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and are less likely to contract and transmit HIV. Circumcised men are less likely to contract and transmit STDs such as herpes and HPV (human papillovirus). As such, circumcision can not only protect the man who receives the procedure, but also his sexual partners.
- Tip of the penis cancer prevention
Tip of the penis cancer occurs in about one in six hundred circumcised men. As such, circumcision helps to prevent penile cancer.
- Preventing UTI
Circumcision removes the intact foreskin that can harbour more dirt, increasing the likelihood of urinary tract infections. After circumcision, you should be able to clean all parts with ease and remove dirt under the foreskin.
Although the pros of male adult circumcision may outweigh the cons, each case is different and requires independent decision-making.
While circumcision has its upsides, It is important however, to note that there are downsides to a circumcision.
- Pain and emotion
The most obvious is pain and emotional adjustment post-operative. Circumcised males of all ages will feel pain, however short-lived.
Other concerns of circumcision would be the risks of the surgery itself: bleeding, infection, wound breakdown (more so for diabetics), scarring and unsatisfactory cosmesis (i.e. cosmetic improvements).
There is also the cost of surgery and follow-ups. If your medical insurance doesn’t cover circumcision, you will spend out of pocket. It could be as low as a few hundreds to as high as a few thousands, depending on the technique chosen.
Methods of Adults Male Circumcision
- Open surgery, conventional/traditional method – a procedure of removing the foreskin with a scalpel
- Stapler method (ZSR Circumcision) – Using a stapler-like device, this method cuts and place a silicon ring on the wound, which will drop in a few days
- Laser method – a surgical procedure that removes the excess foreskin from the head of the penis with the help of a high-intensity laser beam
- Medical device-assisted method – such as clamp or ring devices.
A short table of comparison between Stapler (ZSR) Circumcision and Laser Circumcision
|Method||Stapler (ZSR) Circumcision||Laser Circumcision|
A short table of comparison to summarise these 3 techniques of circumcision recovery rate
|Method||Time to complete the procedure||Pain during and after circumcision||Complexity of procedure||Complications and side-effects of circumcision|
|Laser Circumcision||20-30 minutes||Painless surgery and only mild discomfort while recovering||Precise and simple procedure with high success rate||Nil|
|Stapler (ZSR) Circumcision||20-30 minutes||Painless procedure and minimal discomforts after the treatment||High precision, simple procedure with high success rate||Nil|
|Laser Circumcision||45-60 minutes||Painless and causes no major discomforts||Quite complex and invasive in nature||High chances|
In all, circumcision in adult male should be a pleasant and smooth experience for everyone.
With so many clinics providing circumcision, and so many different treatment options available in Malaysia, how do you make the right choice?
Circumcision surgeries aren’t as complicated as others, but you should still talk to your doctor to assess the risks. The wisest choice is to go for the stapler treatment that is the least invasive. You do not have to worry much as only the skilled and experienced doctors at Premier Clinic perform this procedure.