Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the retractable fold of skin covering the end of the penis.
In adults, the procedure is usually performed because of phimosis, a narrowing of the foreskin which prevents it being retracted easily. This can affect urination and sexual function.
The procedure is fairly straightforward; cuts are made to the outside and inside of the foreskin and the scar tissue between the cuts is removed. The skin is then joined using dissolvable stitches.
Circumcision is usually only recommended when other less invasive treatments have been tried and haven’t worked.
Where possible, Tim is always keen to promote non-surgical solutions for phimosis, such as the use of steroid creams or foreskin stretching.
Please feel free to ask about alternatives to circumcision, which may include less invasive procedures such as preputioplasty or frenuloplasty.