Surgical Guide to Circumcision

pp 185-190


Circumcision: Case Against Surgery Without Medical Indication

  • Annette SchröderAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatric Urology, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto Email author 

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Circumcision is the most frequently performed operation in the world. This circumstance is due to the fact that it is mostly performed for cultural and religious reasons in many countries. The controversies on whether or not it should be performed without a sound medical indication are immense, as is the spectrum of different opinions what actually constitutes such an indication, even in countries not performing it routinely. Equally diverse are the beliefs regarding a possible benefit of routine circumcision including hygiene, UTIs, transmission of STDs, penile cancer, and many papers that actually take sides in these matters are followed by several editorial comments and correspondences.