CIRCUMCISION FOR ADULT MEN
Though traditionally associated with newborns, circumcision can be performed on men of any age. There are several reasons why men may choose an adult circumcision procedure. For some it’s a response to a medical condition, such as phimosis, for others, it may be a for cosmetic choice or other personal reasons.
The procedure involves complete removal of the foreskin. It is usually performed for one or more of the following reasons:
- A tight, non-retractile foreskin – known as phimosis
- Recurrent infections under the foreskin – known as balanitis
- Skin disease on the foreskin and glans (head of penis) – such as chronic inflammation (balanitis xerotica obliterans, BXO)
- Cancerous, pre-cancerous or other abnormal lesions of the foreskin.
Topical creams (including short-‐term use of steroid cream) – for phimosis, these may decrease inflammation and relieve some tightness but symptoms often return once the treatment is stopped. They are not suitable, or effective, in all patients and your urologist will be able to advise you accordingly. Circumcision is usually necessary if topical agents fail.