Essay on Circumcision : The Most Common Surgical Procedures

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Circumcision is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world. This elective surgery is done to remove the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin covers the head of the penis, and the surgery is usually performed while the baby is still in the hospital after birth or at a well-child checkup. The decision to have the surgery is decided by the parents and is based on religious, cultural, and personal beliefs. Some parents pick circumcision for social reasons, for example the parents may want their child to look like the other men in the family. “55% of newborn males born in the United States in 2009 were circumcised” (Chapman & Durham, 2014, p. 405). The American Academy of Pediatrics looks at the benefits and risks of the procedure, and it was found to not recommend this procedure become routine. “data are not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision” (Taeusch, Martinez, Partridge, Snidermen, Armstrong-Wells & Fuentes-Afflick, 2002, p. 214). Parents need to understand the risks, and benefits of the surgery before they make the decision. The risks of the procedure will be talked about with the parents prior to signing the consent form, and there must be a witness to signing the consent form. The major risk factors for the procedure that are discussed with the parents are hemorrhage, infection, adhesions, and pain. A circumcision will usually take 7-10 days to heal. (Chapman & Durham, 2014) Boys who have had a circumcision have a decreased incidence…

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