For some men full circumcision is an attractive choice of treatment.
For information on the full circumcision please visit Vernon
Quaintance's pages. The original routine Jewish practice involved
only a partial circumcision and this is all that is required to cure phimosis in its typical
form of a phimotic ring.
Parkash, (1980) suggests a very appropriate simple new operation
involving exact surgery on the phimotic ring: "An attempt is made
to withdraw the thin outer skin of the prepuce to reveal the narrow
lesion. The lesion is excised quite simply with a pair of fine tipped
GENERAL ADVICE ON CIRCUMCISION
Edited from sci.med. NG: Date: 1996/11/23
Re: Question regarding circumcision?
> Could someone tell me how much skin is removed during this
> What is considered normal? How much is too much? (or too little?)
Contrary to what many believe (or are led to believe), circumcision
NECESSARILY remove all of the inner foreskin, nor the frenulum, and
NECESSARILY remove so much skin that the head remains always fully
Just like hair cuts, circumcision can be tailored to what is wanted
(except perhaps when done on infant when the techniques used are more
crude and predicting long term results on the grown adult next to impossible).
Just as you can go to a barber to request "a hair cut",
you can also go to a
hair stylist to request a particular type of hair style. In one case,
you let the
barber decide what and how to do it, in the other, you are consulted
into what you really want to be like. Of course, the skin system on
the penis doesn't
"grow" like hair, so the operation is more or less permanent
So, how one defines a "normal" circumcision varies from culture
and from individual to individual. Do you just want to have your long
shortened, or do you want to have an exposed head all the time ? Do
you want to have some loose skin left during erection for masturbation,
or do you prefer to have the tight skin to feel your erection and make
the shaft skin more sensitive?
Is there a normal hair cut ? No, it depends on your taste. Is there
circumcision ? No, it depends on your taste. Unfortunately, too many
are not aware of their options and think that the only option is the
removal of enough skin that none covers head when soft and that it
results in it being tight when hard.
Thanks to the constructive cooperation of Vernon Quaintance, an
excellent file which objectively and clearly describes The
Principle Methods of Circumcision is now publicly available.
I believe such basic information has never previously been publicly
available and it is valuable reading material for anyone considering
Dr. G. Weiss offers invaluable advice on the after care involved
in infant circumcisions; In "Neonatal Circumcision" the section
under "Technique and Procedures" is well worth
reading even for adults considering an operation.
For information on full circumcision please visit Vernon's pages and contact him personally, he may
have information on specialists and costs in your area/country. (Or
he may be able to post any questions anonymously in CIRCLIST).
See also: Post Circumcision Problems