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About Circumcision

If you’re considering circumcision for your baby boy, the board-certified pediatricians and nurse practitioners at One World Pediatrics can help you make the best decision for your child. The Longwood, Florida, office offers expert guidance and support to help you outweigh the pros and cons of circumcision. The team performs this optional procedure with precision and care for your baby's comfort and safety. Call today or schedule an appointment online to get all the facts you need about circumcision.

Circumcision Q&A

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a very common but optional surgical procedure that removes the foreskin covering the end of your baby boy’s penis. This small skin fold shields the penis’ head (glans). It keeps the glans moist and helps protect it from dryness or irritation.

There are many pros and cons that parents should consider before choosing circumcision for their baby. If you’re considering this procedure, the One World Pediatrics team can provide you with the information and support you need to make the best decision for your child.

How common is circumcision?

Circumcision is common in the United States. According to the Cureus Journal of Medical Science, about 58% of infant males are circumcised in the U.S. Most circumcisions take place in hospitals, but trained practitioners can also perform them in nonhospital settings, like in your home or at doctors’ offices.

Are there benefits to circumcision?

Many parents choose circumcision for religious or cosmetic reasons, but there are also health benefits to this procedure, including:

  • Minimize the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in infancy
  • Reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the future
  • Easier hygiene and cleaning of the penis
  • Lower risk of penile cancer 
  • Decreased risk of balanitis (glans inflammation) and phimosis (tight foreskin)
  • Reduced risk of certain types of penile inflammation
  • Lower risk of foreskin infections
  • Possible lower risk of cervical cancer in female partners due to reduced transmission of human papillomavirus (HPV)

Circumcision may prevent many of these health risks because the foreskin's inner surface is susceptible to tears, which allow bacteria and germs to enter. The moist environment it creates is also conducive to trapping bacteria and viruses. Removing this barrier can help keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infections.

Is there recovery time after circumcision?

Healing from circumcision typically takes about 1-2 weeks, so keeping the area clean and following the team’s care instructions are crucial during this time. Your baby may be a bit fussy or uncomfortable, but most babies recover quickly. If your child is a little older, the recovery period may be a bit longer.

If you’re unsure whether you want to circumcise your child, talk to the expert team at One World Pediatrics about your options. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more.