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Adult Circumcision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the excess foreskin from the penis. Elective circumcision is performed in about 65% of newborn boys in the U.S. Circumcision is not a medically necessary procedure. If an adult male decides he would like to be circumcised, it is important to consult an experienced urologist to ensure minimal complications.

Urologists typically advise adult circumcision only when a man is experiencing recurrent health problems such as inflammation of the head of the penis and difficulty retracting the foreskin. These problems can usually be prevented with careful and diligent hygiene. But when consistent infection is a problem, talking to a urologist about circumcision is an option.  As with any surgical procedure, adult male circumcision can carry post-surgical risks including infection or bleeding.

Facts About Circumcision

  • Uncircumcised penises are as easy to keep clean as a circumcised penis when proper hygiene is practiced.
  • Circumcision may decrease incidences of urinary tract infection and may offer protection against penile cancer.


Robert A. Goldfarb, M.D.

Robert A. Goldfarb


Artificial Urinary Sphincter, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/BPH, Buried Penis, Erectile Dysfunction, General Urology, Genitourinary Trauma, Male Incontinence, Penile Prosthesis, Peyronie's Disease, Reconstructive Surgery More...

Melissa Mendez, M.D.

Melissa Mendez


Andrology, Artificial Urinary Sphincter, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/BPH, Complex Penile Surgeries, Erectile Dysfunction, Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction, Male and Female Stress Urinary Incontinence, Male Pelvic Pain, Medical and Surgical Management of Male Infertility, Medical and Surgical Management of Peyronie's Disease More...

Susan E. Tarry, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Susan E. Tarry

M.D., F.A.C.S.

Urethral Stricture Disease, Urethroplasty, Ureteral Injury, Ureteral Strictures, Fistula Repairs, Artificial Urinary Sphincter, Complex Urinary Diversions, Robotic Pyloplasty, Robotic Prostatectomy, Buried Penis, Male Incontinence, Peyronie’s Disease

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