Anthonia Emezie, MD
Pediatrics located in Matthews, NC
Whether for health or religious purposes, circumcision is a common medical procedure. Anthonia Emezie, MD, at Covenant Pediatrics, PA, in Matthews, North Carolina, is an experienced pediatrician who can conduct your son’s circumcision at the office. To schedule the procedure, call today, or book an appointment online.
Circumcision Q & A
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes your son’s foreskin. All boys are born with a foreskin, or a hood of skin, that covers the head of the penis. It’s not medically mandatory to circumcise your son, but for cultural, religious, or health reasons, you may decide it’s something you want to do.
Dr. Emezie is an experienced pediatrician who can remove your son’s foreskin with care at her pediatric practice.
What are the benefits of circumcision?
Many parents wish to have their son’s circumcised for religious or cultural reasons, but there are many health benefits to the procedure. Some of the benefits include:
- May prevent urinary tract infections
- May protect against certain sexually transmitted diseases
- Reduced risk of penile inflammation
A circumcision also prevents phimosis, which is a condition in which a man can’t retract his foreskin.
Your son’s circumcision also improves hygiene, which may offer additional protection against infection and disease.
What happens during a circumcision?
During your son’s circumcision, Dr. Emezie frees the foreskin from your child’s penis and surgically removes it. To ease discomfort, Dr. Emezie may use anesthesia before she removes the foreskin, but anesthesia isn’t required to perform a circumcision.
After the circumcision, Dr. Emezie provides instructions on how you need to care for your son’s penis, which may include the regular application of petroleum jelly, to assist in the healing process. It should take 5-10 days for the penis to fully heal after the circumcision.
Do I need to have my son circumcised?
The decision to have your child circumcised is up to you. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that the benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks of surgery. That being said, the AAP has not made the procedure mandatory.
If you’re struggling with the decision about circumcision, Dr. Emezie can work with you to help you decide the best course of action for you and your child.
Circumcisions are a simple procedure that may help protect your son from future medical problems. To schedule your child’s circumcision, call Covenant Pediatrics today, or book an appointment online.