Circumcisions

Luz Angela Lopez, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Luz Angela Lopez, MD

Family Practice Physicians located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

About 80% of men and boys in the United States are circumcised, which means they’ve had their penis foreskin removed. Circumcision within the first eight days of life makes the procedure easier to perform. Family practice physician Luz Angela Lopez, MD, and her team, with an office in Mesa and two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, offer circumcision for newborns up to three weeks old. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Lopez over the phone or online to learn more.

Circumcisions Q & A

What is circumcision?

During circumcision, Dr. Lopez and her team remove the foreskin on the tip of your baby’s penis. It’s a common procedure in the United States and other parts of the world but is entirely optional. 

The team at Dr. Lopez’s office makes circumcision very affordable and offers the service for newborn babies up to three weeks old. For babies older than one week old, circumcision is slightly more expensive.

 

What are the benefits of circumcision?

While circumcision isn’t medically necessary, many people choose it because of the following benefits:

  • Lower risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Easier hygiene
  • Lower chance of penis cancer and other men’s health issues
  • Reduced risk of foreskin inflammation
  • Lower risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Aesthetic reasons

In addition to the numerous health benefits associated with circumcision, some people prefer the appearance of penises that are circumcised. 

Dr. Lopez reviews the pros and cons of the procedure with you ahead of time. There are few risks associated with circumcision in newborns.

 

What happens during the procedure?

Dr. Lopez applies a topical anesthetic to your baby’s penis to numb the area so they don’t feel any discomfort. She attaches a Gomco to the penis to remove the foreskin. 

The procedure is fast and painless, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Dr. Lopez applies special ointment to the penis and may wrap it with gauze.

 

What should I expect after circumcision?

After circumcision, it takes about 10 days for your baby’s penis to heal. The tip might be a little sore, swollen, red, or bruised. You can gently wash the area while it heals. Change bandages as instructed by Dr. Lopez and apply petroleum jelly to the tip of your baby’s penis.

If your baby receives a Gomco penis ring after circumcision, it eventually falls off on its own after about a week.

Complications associated with circumcision are rare, but call Dr. Lopez and her team if you notice lack of urination within 12 hours, persistent bleeding, foul-smelling drainage, or a Gomco that’s still in place after two weeks.

If you’d like to get your baby circumcised, you can trust Dr. Lopez and her experienced team. Schedule a circumcision appointment over the phone or online today.