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Procedure Name Laser Circumcision

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Surgery Type Minimally Invasive Procedure

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Hospital Stay Nil (Day-Care Surgery)

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Duration of Surgery 10-15 Minutes

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Type of Anesthesia Local/General Anesthesia

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Full Recovery 7-10 Days

What Is Laser Circumcision?

Laser circumcision is a surgical procedure that uses a laser (typically a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser) to remove the foreskin from the penis. The procedure is similar to traditional circumcision, but instead of using a scalpel to make the incision, a laser is used to cut and cauterize the skin. This method is more precise when compared to traditional circumcision and also has a comparatively shorter recovery time. 

Laser circumcision can be performed on both infants and adult males, and it is typically performed under local anesthesia. Laser circumcision is used to effectively manage issues such as phimosis, balanitis, paraphimosis, etc. It helps in the prevention of future penile problems like sexually transmitted infections (STIs), urinary tract infections (UTIs), etc.

When is Laser Circumcision Needed?

Laser circumcision may be recommended in specific situations where it is deemed appropriate by a healthcare professional or urologist. The procedure may also be performed for religious reasons in some individuals. While the decision ultimately depends on the individual case and the preferences of the patient, here are some scenarios in which laser circumcision may be considered:

  • Phimosis: Phimosis refers to the condition where the foreskin is too tight, making it difficult or impossible to retract over the glans of the penis. Laser circumcision can be an option for treating phimosis, as this technology allows for precise incisions to remove the tight foreskin.
  • Balanitis: Balanitis is the inflammation or infection of the foreskin or glans of the penis. In some cases, laser circumcision may be recommended as a treatment option to remove the affected tissue and promote healing.
  • Cosmetic or personal preference: Some individuals may choose laser circumcision for cosmetic or personal reasons. Laser circumcision can offer precise incisions and potentially reduce bleeding, which may be appealing to those seeking a particular outcome.

It's important to note that the choice of circumcision method, including laser circumcision, is a personal decision and should be discussed with a qualified healthcare professional. 

Preparation for Laser Circumcision

  • Inform the surgeon of your complete medical history (including the chronic conditions you suffer from, if any) and the regular medicines you take. Medicines such as blood thinners can enhance your chances of hemorrhage during surgery and will need to discontinue for a brief period before and after the procedure.
  • You will be given fasting instructions. You may have to avoid eating anything for at least 6-8 hours prior to the surgery if general anesthesia is being used.
  • Since the procedure may involve anesthesia or sedation, it is advisable to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the healthcare facility. 
  • It is ideal to stop smoking and consumption of alcohol before the procedure as it can interfere with healing and also increase the chance of complications.
  • Make necessary arrangements for your post-operative care, including any time off from work or assistance at home during the initial recovery period. 

Laser Circumcision: Procedure

The specific steps involved in a laser circumcision procedure may vary depending on the surgeon and the healthcare facility. However, here is a general outline of the steps involved in laser circumcision:

  • Anesthesia & Positioning: Before the procedure begins, anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort and minimize pain during the surgery. The type of anesthesia used can vary, and it may be a local anesthetic to numb the area or general anesthesia to put you to sleep. You will be positioned on the surgical table in a way that allows the surgeon easy access to the genital area. 
  • Laser Incisions: Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will use the laser device to make precise incisions along the foreskin. The laser energy is used to vaporize the tissue, cutting through the foreskin while minimizing bleeding.
  • Foreskin Removal: The surgeon will carefully remove the excess foreskin using surgical instruments or by manually separating it from the glans (head) of the penis. The laser may continue to be used to ensure precise and controlled removal.
  • Hemostasis: After the foreskin is removed, the surgeon will typically use techniques to control any bleeding that may occur. The laser energy can help cauterize blood vessels, reducing the need for sutures and promoting hemostasis.
  • Wound Closure: Depending on the technique used and surgeon preference, the wound may be closed with dissolvable stitches or tissue adhesives. In some cases, no sutures are needed.
  • Dressing and Recovery: The surgical site will be dressed with sterile dressings or bandages to protect the area. Once you are in a stable condition, you will be moved to a recovery area where you can rest and be monitored before being discharged.

It's important to note that the above steps are a general guideline, and the actual procedure may vary based on the individual surgeon's technique and the specific circumstances of the patient. 

What to Expect after a Laser Circumcision?

After a laser circumcision procedure, here are some common things you can expect during the recovery period:

  • It is normal to experience some pain, discomfort, and swelling in the surgical area after the procedure. Your healthcare professional may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage any discomfort. 
  • Applying ice packs or cold compresses to the area may also help reduce swelling.
  • The surgical site will be covered with sterile dressings or bandages to protect the area and promote healing. 
  • Your healthcare professional will provide specific instructions on how to care for the wound, including when and how to change the dressings, proper hygiene practices, and any topical medications that may be prescribed.
  • You may be advised to limit physical activities, particularly those that involve vigorous exercise or excessive movement of the genital area, for a certain period of time. 
  • This is to allow the wound to heal properly and reduce the risk of complications.
  • The recovery time can vary depending on individual factors and the extent of the procedure. 
  • In general, it can take several weeks for the surgical site to heal completely. 
  • During this time, it is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your healthcare professional, including any restrictions on bathing, sexual activity, or wearing tight clothing that may irritate the area.
  • It is important to attend your follow-up appointments as scheduled to ensure proper healing and recovery.

Remember, everyone's recovery experience can be different, and it's important to follow the specific instructions and guidance provided by your healthcare professional.

Tips for a Faster Recovery

Here are some recovery-related tips:

  • Clean and shave the pubes for good hygiene; use tight-fitting underwear/compression undergarments immediately to keep the surgical gauze in place.
  • Let the penis heal entirely by avoiding sex and masturbation for around 6 weeks.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to the penis tip to prevent it from sticking to the underwear.
  • Prefer loose and light garments.
  • Care for the wound; clean it twice every day.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity.
  • You shouldn’t pull or scratch the penis during recovery and healing.
  • Take medicines for pain. In still not manageable, consult your doctor.

Benefits and Risks of Laser Circumcision

Benefits of Laser Circumcision:

  • Laser circumcision allows for precise and controlled incisions, which can be aesthetic.
  • The laser technology used in circumcision can help minimize bleeding during the procedure.
  • Laser energy can sterilize the tissue as it cuts, potentially reducing the risk of infection compared to traditional methods.
  • Laser circumcision may result in minimal scarring compared to traditional circumcision methods. 
  • Laser circumcision may lead to faster healing times due to reduced tissue trauma and precise incisions.

Risks of Laser Circumcision:

  • Laser circumcision may not be widely available in all healthcare facilities or regions.
  • Laser circumcision requires specialized training and experience.
  • Risk of burns or tissue damage if the laser is not used appropriately.
  • More expensive compared to traditional circumcision methods

It's important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of laser circumcision with a qualified healthcare professional or urologist who can evaluate your specific situation and provide appropriate guidance. 

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Surgery can be a daunting aspect, and feeling anxious is absolutely normal. The massive amount of information you can get from the internet may confuse you even more. This is where Medfin can help. Leave us the hefty tasks of finding the best hospital, the finest doctor, and the latest procedure at the lowest costs. Let us take charge while you sit back and focus on your health & recovery. Think surgery! Think Medfin!

Frequently Asked Questions

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It depends upon the type of surgery performed. Generally, it is advised not to engage in any sexual activity for at least 6 weeks to avoid complications with wound healing and to prevent the chances of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Both laser and stapler circumcision requires only 3-4 hours of hospitalization. You can go home the same day. Open circumcision, however, may need you to stay in the hospital for a day. 

You need only 2-3 days to return to a desk job. But you’ll need a week or so to return to work that entails physical labor. 

The most common signs of infection will be discharge and pus (yellowish/white, cloudy, foul-smelling fluid), redness spreading around the wound site, and/or hot skin.

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