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What is Traditional Circumcision?

Traditional circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves removing the foreskin from the penis. The foreskin is the shroud of skin that can be pulled back to uncover the head of the penis. The traditional circumcision procedure is relatively simple and straightforward.

At What Age is Traditional Circumcision Done?

Circumcision is usually performed on newborn babies or at puberty. Adult men, who have not been circumcised as a baby, may also decide at any time to undergo the procedure, for personal or religious reasons. When circumcision is needed for medical reasons, it is usually performed during adulthood.

Who Should Not Be Circumcised?

It is also important to understand that traditional circumcision should not be performed on babies with the following congenital abnormalities:

  • Hypospadias –  the urethra opens below the normal position
  • Chordee – downward curvature of the penis
  • Buried penis – the penis is concealed by pubic and scrotal fat

Why Are Newborns Circumcised?

There are a number of reasons why newborns are circumcised. The following are offered as justification for infant circumcision:

  • Religion
  • Hygiene
  • Health considerations

The Traditional Circumcision Procedure

Dr. Lazare does not perform infant circumcisions.  He does perform this procedure on boys on an outpatient basis at the hospital. 

Dr. Lazare performs adult circumcision in his certified office operating room.  There you will be put to sleep by a board-certified anesthesiologist. 

Dr. Lazare performs a circumcision by making two circumferential skin incisions near the tip of the penis.   The excess foreskin between these incisions is then excised.  Blood vessels are tied off, and the edges of the foreskin are stitched together using absorbable sutures – these stitches dissolve on their own.  The procedure takes less than an hour.

Traditional Circumcision Recovery

After the procedure, penile bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected. Antibiotics are usually prescribed in the post-op period.  For adult men, loose-fitting briefs should be worn and sexual activity should be avoided for 3 weeks.

What Are the Risks of Traditional Circumcision?

Complications from circumcision are uncommon.  The risks include bleeding, infection, injury to the urethra, and the removal of excess skin.

Contact Us

If you are looking for a skilled urologist and surgeon to perform a traditional circumcision in Brooklyn, Dr. Lazare is the doctor for you. Contact our Brooklyn, New York office today to schedule your initial appointment.