All surgical procedures have risks. Problems
circumcision are not common. Minor problems are
short-term and may include:
- Oozing or slight bleeding from the surgical
- Infection of the circumcision site or at the opening to the
- Irritation of the exposed tip of
the penis (glans) as a result of contact with stool or urine.
Long-term problems can include:
- Damage to the opening of the urethra, which
leads from the bladder to the tip of the penis (meatal stenosis).
- Scarring of the penis from infection or surgical error. For
- The entire foreskin may not be removed,
leaving portions of it attached to the penis (skin bridge). This may cause pain
- Scar tissue can grow outward toward the tip of the
penis from the cut edge of the foreskin. Repeat surgery on the penis may be
required to improve appearance or to allow normal passage of urine if the
opening from the bladder has been blocked by this scar tissue.
outer skin layer (or layers) of the penis may be removed
- An opening that is too small for the foreskin to
retract over the penis (phimosis) can happen if too
little foreskin is removed.
Major problems are very rare but can include:
- The removal of more skin from the penis than the doctor intended.
- Too much bleeding. Stitches may be needed to
stop the bleeding.
- Serious, life-threatening bacterial
- Partial or full removal (amputation) of the tip of the penis.
(This is extremely rare.)
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
January 26, 2012
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