Circumcision is a procedure to remove the foreskin or fold of skin that sits at the tip of the penis (glans). It may be performed on adult males at any age and is most commonly offered to male patients who suffer from a condition called phimosis. Phimosis occurs when the foreskin is too tight and difficult to pull back over the glans. This condition can either be congenital (genetically inherited) or acquired as a result of infection or trauma.
A paraphimosis occurs when a tight or inflamed foreskin gets stuck over the head of the penis. It usually needs urgent medical attention.
Circumcision may also be offered to treat inflammation of the penis resulting from a bacterial or fungal infection.
Circumcision is usually a safe and straightforward operation but there are risks, mainly of minor complications such as bleeding and wound infection. The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic.
Dr Dias does not offer circumcision for infant patients. Circumcision is not performed on infant males at birth in NSW public hospitals, unless there is a therapeutic or medical reason to do so. For more information about infant male circumcision read more here.