Circumcision is a simple procedure performed in-office to remove the foreskin from the head of the penis. Pain and recovery time are minimal, as is risk of infection. Studies show that circumcision decreases the risk of UTIs in men and sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV). Most often, circumcision is performed on infants but can also be performed at later stages in life. Circumcision is a not a required procedure but should be a decision made after weighing in medical and societal circumstances.
In some cases, the testicles will not descend into the scrotum after a child is born. This can be dangerous for the health of the testicle because the temperature of the body is warmer than the scrotum and the testes need to be kept at a cooler temperature to remain healthy. Often the testicle will descend on its own over the first year after birth, but sometimes a surgery is required bring it down and reduce the risk of damage to the testicle.
During orchiopexy, the physician will make a small incision the scrotum, groin or abdomen, depending on the location of the undescended testicle, and it is pulled back down and fixed to the scrotum. Most often this is a simple, outpatient procedure.
Vasectomy is a simple, in-office procedure that provides men with a safe, highly effective, permanent form of birth control. During the procedure, your physician will simply cut and seal the tubes that carry sperm to the semen. Most men experience few to no side effects after surgery. It is important that before the surgery is performed, the patient understands that he will no longer be able to father children. There are vasectomy reversal surgery options; however, these are not guaranteed to restore fertility.
For more information on vasectomy surgery, please read our post-operative guidelines.
Erectile dysfunction is defined by the inability to attain an erection when aroused by sexual intercourse. Often, ED is a result of obesity, high blood pressure, age, smoking, prostate conditions, or diabetes. Physicians often treat ED with prescriptions medications such as Cialis or Viagra. In some cases, patients can elect to have a penile prosthesis put in place.