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Choosing Circumcision as an Adult

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Whilst circumcision is often associated with baby and infant boys, you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of men that choose to be circumcised as adolescents or adults. Whilst adult circumcision is not as common as infant circumcision, it is certainly not uncommon. 

There are many reasons why adult men choose to undergo circumcision surgery, including aesthetic reasons, social reasons, hygiene reasons, medical reasons and penile problems. Common medical reasons why a man may choose to be circumcised include:

  • Phimosis – the medical condition where the foreskin is tight and hard to retract, making it harder to keep the penis clean
  • Paraphimosis – the medical condition where the foreskin can not be pulled forward over the tip of the penis. This can cause the foreskin to become swollen and may stop the flow of blood to the tip of the penis, potentially leading to serious complications if not treated
  • Balanitis – the swelling of the foreskin or head of the penis. This affects roughly 1 in 20 men and is usually relieved by topical medication, however, circumcision may be recommended if it occurs regularly

Men also choose circumcision in order to maintain better hygiene and make it easier to wash the penis, as well as decreasing the risk of medical problems, including:

  • Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections. Circumcised men may have a lower risk of contracting certain STIs, including HIV
  • Decreased risks of urinary tract infections. Whilst the risk of UTIs is low in men, infections are more common in men that are not circumcised
  • Decreased risks of penile cancer. Although this is rare, circumcised men are less likely to suffer from penile cancer, and female sexual partners of circumcised men are also less likely to suffer from cervical cancer

Circumcision methods for adults

Whilst adult circumcision surgery is more complicated than circumcision for babies and infants, it is still a relatively simple procedure that our team of doctors have carried out thousands of times. 

The most common circumcision method for adults is the “sleeve resection” method, which requires more surgical skill and often achieves better cosmetic results than other methods including forceps guided circumcision and dorsal slit circumcision. For all methods of adult circumcision, a scalpel is used to cut the foreskin away from the penis, before stitching back to the shaft with dissolving stitches, ensuring that the penis heals successfully. Before the procedure, the penis is made numb through the injection of a local anaesthetic around the base of the penis.

The procedure may take between half an hour and an hour, and providing that the patient does not experience immediate complications, they can go home to recover on the day of their surgery.

As well as different methods of circumcision, there are also styles of circumcision that adults can choose. These styles depend on how much outer and inner skin is removed from the foreskin, and where the scar line is placed. Some adults may also choose for their frenulum to be removed. 

You can find out more about circumcision methods and styles here.

Adult Circumcision in Birmingham

At Modality Circumcision Service in Birmingham, we circumcise patients from throughout the UK and Europe. To learn more about adult circumcision, you can browse our blog posts, or to book your circumcision or ask questions about the procedure, please call 0121 250 0386.