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Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is the fold of skin covering the end of the penis, which can be gently pulled back.
Advantages and disadvantages of circumcision
There are a number of potential advantages and disadvantages associated with circumcising boys shortly after they are born.
When circumcision may be necessary
Medical reasons for circumcision may include paraphimosis, balanitis and balanitis xerotica obliterans.
Recovering from circumcision
In babies who are circumcised, the foreskin usually takes about 7 to 10 days to heal. In older boys and men, the healing process can take up to four to six weeks.
Risks of circumcision
As with all types of surgery, circumcision has some risks. However, complications from circumcisions carried out for medical reasons are rare in England.