Circumcision Specialist

B. Robert Bamshad, MD

Urologist located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Circumcision can have a significant bearing on male health and self-confidence. As a top-rated urologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Bamshad is skilled in pediatric and adult circumcision, using state-of-the-art techniques to achieve optimal results in males of all ages from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and throughout the Greater Los Angeles, CA, region.

Circumcision Q & A

Can circumcision be safely performed on adult patients?

Yes, while circumcision may be performed more commonly on infants, it can also be performed successfully in adult patients.

What are the benefits of circumcision?

Circumcision has been associated with:

  • fewer urinary tract infections
  • lower risk of sexually-transmitted infections and diseases
  • decreased rates of penile cancer
  • a decrease in the number of other penis-related issues including inflammation or a condition called phimosis that makes it difficult to retract the foreskin during sex or when washing
  • improved personal hygiene

How is circumcision performed?

Several techniques are available for adult circumcision depending on the patient's anatomy, age, and other issues. While the procedure takes about 15 minutes in infants, adult patients typically have longer surgical times to accommodate differences in the anatomy in mature patients. The procedure itself removes the foreskin that covers the end of the penis, and it can be performed under general anesthesia or using local anesthesia combined with sedation. The incision placement and technique will depend on the patient's anatomy and other factors. The incision will be carefully closed with tiny sutures once the procedure is complete.

What is recovery like?

Once the anesthesia wears off, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort which can be treated with over-the-counter medication. Most patients return to work about one to three days after their procedure. Sex and strenuous activity will need to be restricted during the initial stages of healing to avoid injury or infection.

Will circumcision affect my level of sexual satisfaction?

One of the most common misconceptions surrounding circumcision is that it will cause sex to be less pleasurable. In fact, several studies and surveys have shown circumcision can boost sexual confidence in men by decreasing the risk of infection. Studies have also shown most women prefer the physical appearance of a circumcised penis compared to an uncircumcised penis, which can also act to improve arousal in both partners.