Procedures

Adult Circumcision in Houston

What is a Circumcision?

Circumcision refers to the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis, known as the foreskin. In many occasions, it is performed in newborn boys. However, a circumcision after the newborn period is still possible and is usually performed by a urologist.

How do I know if I need a circumcision?

Circumcision is often performed as a matter of family tradition, religious or cultural rigutals, personal hygiene, or preventive health care. In adults, a circumcision is an elective procedure that is performed often for hygiene and/or cosmetic purposes.

A circumcision is sometimes considered a medical necessity.  These include the following medical conditions:

  • Phimosis: This occurs when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the glans penis.  Phimosis may cause pain during sexual intercourse and may cause infections secondary to the patient not being able to clean the head of the penis.
  • Balanoposthitis: This refers to inflammation or infection of the foreskin. This may initially be treated with topical creams but often requires a circumcision.
  • Balanitis: This refers to inflammation or infection of the glans penis.
  • Penile Cancer: If a patient develops a tumor in the foreskin, a urologist will likely recommend a circumcision as part of the treatment plan.

Benefits of a circumcision

  • Improved hygiene: A circumcision helps a man wash his penis and maintain it cleaner.
  • Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections: Research suggests that men may have a lower risk of certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
  • Decreased risk of penile cancer: Research suggests that men who have a circumcision performed at a young age may have a decreased risk of developing cancer in the penis. That being said, penile cancer is extremely rare.

How is a circumcision performed?

In adults, the procedure can be performed either in an office setting (without general anesthesia) or in the operating room (under anesthesia). Although rare, The most common complications are bleeding and infection. Sometimes the foreskin might be cut too short or too long which may result in a poor cosmetic outcome for the individual.

What is recovery like?

The recovery varies for each individual.  However, it typically takes less than a month for you to resume sexual activity.

Why Choose Dr. Clavell?

Dr. Clavell is a board certified urologist with a subspecialty in Men’s Health and regularly performs reconstructive and cosmetic procedures in the penis. If you have problems with the foreskin or you are interested in a circumcision procedure, call us to further discuss treatment options.