Circumcision Singapore – Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the head of the penis. In Singapore and many other parts of the world, circumcision is done for religious reasons.
However, there are also medical reasons for men to undergo circumcision. There are actually many advantages to circumcision. Many men feel that they experience enhanced sexual performance after a circumcision. Also, it reduces the STD & HIV risk of infections. There is even evidence to indicate that circumcision reduces the risk of penile cancer.
Do you need a circumcision?
Obviously, the best person to answer this question is your doctor. Here, we will list down some of the most common medical reasons people undergo circumcisions. If you think any of these apply to you, please consult your doctor.
Paraphimosis is a very painful problem that occurs when a tight foreskin is pulled back to expose the head of the penis but then cannot be pulled forward to cover the head again. The foreskin gets stuck in the pulled back position. This is not only very painful, but it is also a medical emergency as the foreskin can be so tight it cuts off the blood supply to the head of the penis.
Paraphimosis requires an urgent visit to the doctor. Doctors who are adequately trained can use various methods to pull the foreskin back to cover the head of the penis. If this problem occurs repeatedly, undergoing circumcision will prevent this problem from ever happening again.
How does paraphimosis look like?
2.) Recurrent Balanitis
Balanitis is an infection of the head of the penis. Usually, the head becomes red and painful and sometimes there can even be pus dripping out of the foreskin. Balanitis is usually easily treated with antibiotics. However, for men and boys who keep getting this infection over and over again, circumcision can help them prevent the infection from recurring.
3.) Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is a common problem that affects up to 1 in every 3 men. This can be very frustrating for both the man and his partner. There are many methods invented for managing this including start-stop methods and various squeezes. Some medicines have also been developed to manage premature ejaculation. The problem with all these methods is that they only temporarily solve the issue.
Sometimes, premature ejaculation is caused by the head of the penis being too sensitive. This can be due to the fact that the head has been protected by the foreskin for so long. A good way to overcome this problem and solve it for good is circumcision. This exposes the head of the penis and naturally makes it less sensitive.
However, not all patients require circumcision to treat their premature ejaculation. Sometimes, we just need to excise the frenulum which is the thin piece of skin attaching the head of the penis to the foreskin. The frenulum contains many nerves and removing this can make the headless sensitive and fix the premature ejaculation issue.
Phimosis is a problem when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back (picture) to reveal the head of the penis. Of course, every young boy starts off life with a foreskin that cannot be pulled back. This is known as “physiological phimosis” which is perfectly normal. When does “physiological phimosis” become a problem is a complex issue which you should discuss with your doctor.
Not all phimosis require circumcision to treat. Sometimes, the problem is with the frenulum. The frenulum is the flap of skin that attaches the head of the penis to the foreskin. In some people, this skin is too tight which makes the foreskin tight also. In some people, when they have an erection the frenulum is so tight that it pulls the head of the penis downwards.
This can be easily corrected by releasing the head of the penis from the frenulum. This is a simple procedure that can be done in the clinic under local anaesthesia. The discomfort from the frenulectomy procedure usually only lasts a few days. After 1 month, the patient can return to full activity. It is much less traumatic than a full circumcision.
Circumcision for adults (>21 years old) is currently available at:
- DTAP Clinic @Somerset
- DTAP Clinics @Holland V
- DTAP Clinic @Novena
- DTAP Clinic @Siglap
- DTAP Clinic @Raffles Place
- DTAP Clinic @Kovan
This procedure may be eligible for Medisave and/or Insurance claims.