Phimosis is a condition in males where the foreskin is too tight to be fully pulled back over the glans (head of the penis). This is quite normal in babies and toddlers; most uncircumcised baby boys have a foreskin that will not retract, however, at around the age of two years old, the foreskin should start to separate from the glans.
Whilst Phimosis is generally not a problem to most males, it can in some cases lead to symptoms such as soreness, redness, swelling and even difficulty urinating. Should you or your child suffer from these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment immediately.
The swelling of the glans is known as Balanitis. This is a condition that is most common in uncircumcised males suffering from Phimosis, where the foreskin is too tight to retract, making it more difficult to thoroughly clean the penis. In some cases, if the penis is not kept clean, this can lead to a build-up of discharge called smegma which can irritate the skin, causing the glans and the foreskin to swell uncomfortably.
For many men who suffer from Balanitis, this can be treated with prescription-only medication such as antibiotics, however, in some cases of Phimosis, if Balanitis is persistent and other treatment is unsuccessful, circumcision is viewed as an option. Whilst other options such as medication or steroid cream to encourage the foreskin to stretch and retract will be suggested first, in some cases where Phimosis leads to persistent Balanitis, circumcision may be the best option to prevent the occurrence of any further problems.
Whilst Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be retracted over the glans, Paraphimosis is where the foreskin cannot be returned back to its normal position after being retracted. Linke Phimosis, this can lead to the glans becoming very painful, and requires immediate medical treatment to prevent complications that could occur from swelling and restricted blood flow to the penis.
Whilst Paraphimosis can usually be treated under a local anaesthetic, with a doctor pressing on the glans whilst pushing the foreskin forward, in some cases, a small slit may need to be made to the foreskin to help relieve pressure and bring it forward. In some more severe cases, or when it is likely that there will be further problems in the future, circumcision may be recommended.
If you or your child are suffering from Phimosis or Paraphimosis, and it has been recommended that you are circumcised, you can visit a circumcision clinic in Birmingham. Circumcision clinics offer specialist care and aftercare services, as well as state of the art facilities.
Approximately a third of males are circumcised throughout the world by adulthood, most individuals having been circumcised soon after birth, or prior to going through puberty. In the United Kingdom, a study that took place in 2000 found that 16% of males between 16 and 44 years old were circumcised, whilst 20% of men aged been 40 and 44 years old and 12% in the 16 to 19 year age group.
August was an incredibly busy month for us at Birmingham Circumcision Clinic as we saw a three-fold increase in circumcisions in babies, older boys and adults. As well as local patients, we saw adults travelling from York and Nottingham, and babies travelling from as far away as Ireland to undertake the procedure and benefit from our high quality care and 24-hour aftercare services.
We provide extensive written aftercare information so that all parents and patients understand what to do and what to expect after circumcision. We also provide 24 hour access to the doctor should parents or patients have any concerns or queries relating to the circumcision.
Throughout the month of August, our patients were circumcised for a number of different reasons. Including:
- Personal hygienic
For more information on circumcision procedures for babies, young children, older children and adults, you can visit circumcisionbham.co.uk.
It is of paramount importance to us to offer patient-centric care, so that our patients and parents have a positive experience of Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, from booking an appointment, through to aftercare.
During the months of April to June, we asked our patients or their parents to fill in a questionnaire in order to help us improve our services. These were the results that we found:
Did we offer you a choice of appointment dates and times?
Did your appointment letter tell you what you needed to know?
How would you rate the length of time you waited to be seen?
How would you rate the Nurse you saw today?
How would you rate the Doctor you saw today?
How would you rate the overall service you received today?
How did you find out about the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic?
From the information that we have collated, we are proud that a large percentage of our patients or their parents had a very positive experience of Birmingham Circumcision Clinic. By collecting this information, we can now gain insights into how we can continue to improve our care.
For more information about the services that we provide at Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, you can visit our website.
While circumcision is carried out for a number of reasons, for example, for religious and health purposes, new research gives further evidence that it has considerable health benefits.
The results of a recent Canadian study show that men who are circumcised are less likely to develop prostate cancer. In this study, 1,590 prostate cancer patients as well as 1,618 healthy people were looked at.
A report of the study, titled “Circumcision and prostate cancer: a population based case-control study in Montreal, Canada” published on 28 May 2014 in the journal BJU (British Journal of Urology) International shows that men that were circumcised as infants, within a year of birth were 14% less likely to suffer from prostate cancer than average. For men who were circumcised as adults, after the age of 35, the figure was much higher, with men over that age 45% less likely to develop the disease.
It could be argued that circumcision can reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, which is considered to be a high risk factor for developing prostate cancer. This could explain why there is a smaller risk of males that were circumcised at a young age suffering from prostate cancer, however, this does not give evidence to support why men circumcised after they are 35 years old have a much smaller chance of developing the disease.
Higher still is the positive effect that circumcision was found to have on black men, with the report showing that they were 60% less likely to develop prostate cancer when circumcised. These results have triggered the warrant for further examination, as black men have the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world, and it is not understood why.
Before the recent study, the known risk factors of prostate cancer were being older aged, a family history of prostate or breast cancer, and African ancestry, however, the results of the study have found that there is a possible association between circumcision and the risk of prostate cancer.
All this is good news for all the patients who have been circumcised at the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic. All our patients, including the youngest baby aged 5 days and our oldest adult patient aged 46 years, can rest assured that their chances of developing prostate cancer are now greatly reduced.
For more information on circumcision, you can visit the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic website.
After performing their son’s circumcision, we received this testimonial from Mr and Mrs Choudhury:
We would like to thank you and your team for carrying out the circumcision procedure on our son Hasan Yunis recently.
The service you provided was excellent from start to finish. Before the day we received information explaining everything and Dr Shafii was happy to answer any questions we had. On the day, Dr Shafii allayed our fears and the procedure was carried out quickly, efficiently and with care.
The aftercare was beyond our expectation. Following the procedure, Dr Shafii contacted us in the evening to ensure Hasan Yunis was well. We also had a home visit when we were unsure about the healing process.
We would like to congratulate you on the high level of service be it the communication, the procedure, the aftercare or the support and thoughtfulness that you have achieved throughout.
We sincerely recommend Dr Shafii and his team to other parents.
Mr and Mrs Choudhury
For more testimonials, you can visit the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic website.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the human penis. It is one of the simplest surgical procedures and also one of the oldest, pre-dating recorded history.
The most consistent explanation for circumcision is that the procedure existed over 70,000 years ago, before the human species began to spread out of Africa to the rest of the world. This theory is much more feasible than the belief that circumcision arose completely self-sufficiently in different parts of the world. This therefore, suggests that it is probable that human beings evolved as a circumcising species, and that certain cultures that do not circumcise in the modern day did at one time rather than never adopting the circumcision procedure.
The practice of circumcision is recorded as early as over 4000 years ago in ancient Egypt, being the subject of many wall carvings and paintings. Records seem to suggest that the practice of circumcision was quite universal throughout all levels of ancient Egyptian society with historical evaluation suggesting that this became a religious custom due to medical and hygienic reasons. In ancient Egypt, boys were usually circumcised during late puberty by a priest.
Evidence suggests that circumcision was a practical medical and hygienic solution to preventing illnesses such as urethritis, nephritis, or cystitis in the hot, dry and sandy environments that were common in ancient Egypt and other civilisations such as the Aztecs. By practicing circumcision, this would have solved the problem of sand and dirt getting caught under the foreskin and often leading to illness or even fatality.
Circumcision is part of religious law in Judaism, and is also practiced almost universally in Islam. This is believed to have stemmed from Abraham (Genesis 17:11), who lived roughly around 2000 BC and was ordered by God at roughly the age of 80 to be circumcised.
As well as being one of the oldest, circumcision also continues to be one of the most common surgical procedures in the world, with around a third of males worldwide being circumcised. Circumcision is seen in men of very diverse cultures and ethnicities, ranging from Africans, Middle Easterners, Asians, Australian Aboriginals and Pacific Islanders, Natives from North and South America as well as Europeans; further suggesting the ancient origin of this practice.
In recent years, circumcision has been promoted on an increasing level in modern medicine due to the related health benefits. It is well known that the British Royal Family, and also a number of the British upper classes, for many generations have circumcised their sons. It seems that George I brought the practice over from Hanover and it has continued through Queen Victoria’s children to Edward VII, and then through the Duke of Windsor to the Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew and Edward.
For more information on circumcision, you can visit the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic website.
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