The most common and oldest surgical procedure is circumcision. New-born males come to the earth with a piece of skin covering the penis' head, known as the foreskin. Circumcision is then performed to remove this piece of skin. Various justifications exist for this practice, including cultural, religious, medical, and social purposes.
The time for performing circumcision varies as healthy infants can undergo the procedure 2 to 3 days after birth. Some others perform circumcision when they become much older. That is, as grown-up children or as adults.
How to book your surgery
👉 Book an appointment with one of our GP's to obtain a referral. This appointment is Bulk Billed for your convenience
👉 When you've obtained your referral, book an appointment with our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas, for a consultation. Dr Lingathas is available 5 days a week. This consultation is bulk billed.
👉 Come in on Treatment day!
Please note: Any procedure incurs a minimum $50 facility fee to cover the costs of any medication, sutures, or materials used as medicare does not reimburse our clinic for those items. Doctors and surgeons fees are Bulk billed for some procedures. Ask our surgeon as your FREE consultation about which procedures are covered 🙂
Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is the surgical procedure through which the foreskin of the penis is removed. Cutting off this shroud of skin results in the exposure of the penis. Circumcision is thus believed to enable males to keep the area around the penis clean.
A larger percentage of circumcision is performed for newborns shortly after birth. Many have it later in life, while some never undergo the procedure. Most importantly, clinics like ours only offer circumcision for people above the age of 8.
The Process of Surgical Circumcision
Before circumcision, consulting one of our Merryland GPs is necessary before seeing our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas. Our doctors will take the time to give a clear explanation of the benefits and risks of circumcision.
In some cases, you might have to wait for some time, before undergoing the circumcision. Such situations might be in cases of a premature baby, or a baby with a family history of bleeding problems, or a baby born with any problem relating to genital organ disorders. During this waiting period, written consent is required. Also, it is important to mention that the initial consult and the surgery can be done within a week.
Circumcision for newborns, older children, and adults follows the same procedure. For children, the child will be awake during the procedure and will be placed on their back with their legs and arms in a restrained position.
Then, an antiseptic will be used to clean up the penis, and a local anesthetic agent applied or injected into its base. A plastic ring will be attached to the penis head, after which the foreskin will be removed. After a while, the ring will fall off, and an ointment will be applied to the penis before it is wrapped in gauze. It takes about 10 minutes for a baby, while for an adult, it might take up to 30 minutes. Mobility is not affected as the patient can walk about after the surgery.
Following surgery, some discomfort occurs normally. For adults, you will be able to walk out of the clinic right away, though you will be in recovery for 3-4 days. Urination will be normal, with no discomfort.
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