Adult Circumcision: Factors to Consider and Questions to Ask

Adult circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin, or prepuce, covering the head of the penis. While the majority of males in the United States undergo circumcision as infants, a significant number of men opt for the procedure later in life. It can be performed for various reasons, including religious, cultural, medical, or personal preferences. Yet there are many questions uncircumcised men may have about undergoing circumcision. We are here to guide you through the necessary steps so you can make a decision that is right for you.

At California Adult Circumcision in San Diego, experienced urologist Dr. Mo Bidair specializes in adult circumcision, providing expert care and guidance throughout the entire process. The circumcision procedure is carried out with meticulous attention to detail, prioritizing patient comfort and safety.

For more information about adult circumcision, and to book a private consultation, call Dr. Bidair’s Alvarado La Mesa Urology Center office at (619) 486-5005, or fill out our convenient form.

Will Adult Circumcision Benefit Me?

Almost 60% of male newborns in the United States are circumcised, and around 80% of men aged 14-58 are circumcised. (1) Therefore, around 20% of male circumcisions happen later in life. Adult circumcision is a procedure that offers numerous benefits for men seeking to enhance their genital health and overall well-being. Under the expert care of Dr. Bidair, patients can expect a comprehensive approach focused on achieving optimal results tailored to individual needs. Here are some of the advantages you can experience with Dr. Bidair’s specialized techniques for adult circumcision:

  • Reduced Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections: By undergoing adult circumcision, men may benefit from a decreased likelihood of contracting certain sexually transmitted infections including HIV, promoting better sexual health.
  • Elimination of Penile Cancer Risk: When circumcision is done as a newborn or infant, there is practically no risk of getting penile cancer later in life.
  • Enhanced Hygiene: Improved cleanliness and easier maintenance of genital hygiene due to the removal of the foreskin, reducing the risk of infections and other hygiene-related issues.
  • Decreased Risk of Urinary Tract Infections: Men who opt for adult circumcision may experience a lower incidence of urinary tract infections, (2) contributing to improved urological health.
  • Prevention of Phimosis or Paraphimosis: Circumcision can help prevent conditions like phimosis (tight foreskin) (3) or paraphimosis (retracted foreskin), which can cause discomfort and potential complications.
  • Decreased Likelihood of Balanitis: Circumcision may lower the risk of balanitis, an inflammatory condition affecting the head of the penis, improving comfort and health.
  • Improved Overall Genital Health: Adult circumcision can contribute to better overall genital health by eliminating potential sources of infection and promoting hygiene.

The decision to undergo adult male circumcision is a personal one that should be made after careful consideration of all factors involved. Dr. Bidair’s expertise in male genital surgery ensures that patients receive comprehensive care and the best results for their needs.

Who Should I Speak To About Adult Circumcision?

Seeking guidance and information from experienced medical professionals, such as Dr. Bidair, can significantly contribute to patients feeling more at ease and empowered when making decisions regarding circumcision. Dr. Bidair is Southern California’s foremost circumcision expert, gaining certification from the American Board of Urology in 1996, and receiving recertifications in 2006 and 2016.

Seeking support throughout the decision-making process can help individuals approach circumcision with a sense of assurance and positivity. By understanding the rationale behind circumcision and focusing on the positive outcomes, patients can develop confidence, ensuring a more pleasant experience for individuals undergoing this intervention.

Are There Different Types of Circumcision To Choose From?

Circumcision is a common surgical procedure with various techniques tailored to individual needs and preferences. Dr. Bidair performs four different types of circumcision according to patient needs. These are:

Dr. Bidair provides expert guidance and counseling to empower you with knowledge and confidence in making an informed decision on which type of circumcision to choose.

Can I Be Circumcised if I’m Not Religious?

For many cultures and religions, circumcision holds significant importance. It can be a rite of passage or a way to adhere to religious beliefs and traditions. However, for many men, cosmetic or hygiene reasons may be the reason for their choice to undergo the surgery. Regardless of your reason for choosing adult circumcision, Dr. Bidair will provide personalized recommendations and expert advice.

What Kind of Anesthesia Do You Use in Adult Circumcision?

Physicians commonly use local anesthesia during adult circumcision to numb the area and minimize discomfort during the procedure. It is Dr. Bidair’s preferred choice as it is both safer and more convenient than general anesthesia. This allows patients to be awake but not experience pain during the surgery. Local anesthesia is considered safe and effective for adult circumcision, providing a good balance between patient comfort and procedural requirements.

Why Doesn’t Dr. Bidair Use General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is not widely used in adult circumcision for several reasons.

  • General anesthesia can have neurotoxic effects (adverse effects on the brain and central nervous system).
  • It can cause feelings of nausea, disorientation, dizziness, shivering, blurred vision, and grogginess.
  • Intubation is required with general anesthesia, which may cause postoperative throat discomfort and hoarseness.
  • More people are required in the operating room, increasing the overall cost of the procedure.

What is Recovery Like After Adult Circumcision?

Following the procedure, meticulous care is essential to promote proper healing. Dr. Bidair provides detailed instructions on how to keep the surgical site clean and protected. Managing post-operative discomfort is also a priority during the recovery process. 

  • Wound Healing: Ensuring proper wound healing is crucial for optimal outcomes. Patients receive guidance on monitoring their incision site and recognizing signs of any complications that may arise.
  • Infection Prevention: Preventing infections is a key aspect of the recovery process. Dr. Bidair educates patients on the signs of infection and the necessary steps to take if they suspect an infection.
  • Medication Schedule: Close adherence to medication schedules, including pain relievers and antibiotics, is vital for managing pain and reducing the risk of infection.
  • Activity Restrictions: Dr. Bidair provides patients with clear guidelines on activities to avoid during the recovery period to prevent complications and support healing.
  • Sexual Activity Guidelines: Patients receive detailed instructions on when it is safe to resume sexual activity after circumcision, taking into account individual healing timelines and comfort levels. On average, patients can expect to resume sexual activity 2-4 weeks after their procedure.
  • Hygiene Practices: Maintaining good hygiene around the surgical site is essential for preventing infections. Dr. Bidair offers guidance on proper hygiene practices post-circumcision.
  • Follow-Up: Regular follow-ups allow Dr. Bidair to monitor progress, address any concerns, and ensure that the healing process is on track.

By following these recommendations and staying in close communication with Dr. Bidair, you can ensure a smooth and effective recovery process after adult circumcision.

Can I Get a Revision Circumcision?

Contrary to the beliefs of many, it is possible to receive a revision circumcision. Dr. Bidair can change the appearance or tightness of a circumcision where possible, according to the needs of the individual. He can also disguise suture marks, if they are present, from a previous circumcision.

What if I’m Too Embarrassed to Seek Adult Circumcision?

Embarking on a personal consultation with Dr. Bidair is the crucial first step toward understanding why you should never feel embarrassed about considering circumcision. During your private consultation, He will provide expert guidance regarding the benefits of circumcision, addressing any concerns you may have with professionalism and confidentiality. His approach is rooted in offering personalized care, ensuring that you receive comprehensive information on the procedure and its potential outcomes.

At California Adult Circumcision, Dr. Bidair prides himself on creating a non-judgmental environment where patients can feel at ease discussing their needs openly. You will receive respectful treatment and empathetic communication throughout your consultation, fostering a sense of trust and comfort as you explore this important decision. Ultimately, the decision to undergo circumcision is a personal one and should not be a source of embarrassment. It is essential for individuals to feel empowered in making choices that impact their bodies and health.

How Much is Adult Circumcision in San Diego?

The cost of a circumcision procedure can vary based on the specific technique chosen and the individual’s unique needs. During your consultation with Dr. Bidair at California Adult Circumcision, you will receive a detailed breakdown of the expenses involved tailored to your circumstances.

For more information about the different types of adult circumcision procedures Dr. Bidair offers, and to schedule a personal consultation, call (619) 486-5005 or complete our short inquiry form.


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  2. Singh-Grewal D. Circumcision for the prevention of urinary tract infection in boys: a systematic review of randomised trials and observational studies. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2005;90(8):853-958. doi: 
  3. McPhee AS, Stormont G, McKay AC. Phimosis. PubMed. Published 2021. 
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