Originally Posted by stever_45723
I would be very watchful at the Cleveland Clinic. I know absolutely nothiing of this particular doctor, but the Clinic's pediatric urology staff are in general pretty openly pro-circ. I haven't looked at their website in at lest a couple of years, but I remember picking up one of the pediatric urology brochures in the department. It said they provided circumcision for boys who had been missed when they were born. That sounds dangerous to me.
I did a search and came up with some pretty disturbing things on www.clevelandclinic.org
(search box on the top right)circumcision
The whole tone seems to lean toward circumcising.
|How is circumcision done?
During a circumcision, the foreskin is freed from the head of the penis (glans), and the excess foreskin is clipped off.
Freed?? Like it's trapped and needs to be liberated? And oh, then just "clip it off", like a fingernail.
|What are the benefits of circumcision?
There is some evidence that circumcision has medical benefits, including:
A decreased risk of urinary tract infections
A reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in men
Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners
Prevention of balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin)
Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the retracted foreskin to its original location)
Circumcision also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean.
Note: Some studies show that good hygiene can help prevent certain problems with the penis, including infections and swelling, even if the penis is not circumcised. In addition, practicing safe sex is an important factor in reducing the risk of STDs and other infections.
Lots of misinformation there. And I find it offensive the way they say good hygiene will help prevent problems, "even if
the penis is not circumcised." Yes, if you chose to ignore all the great health, cultural and other reasons to do it mentioned above, and you or your child still has that pesky foreskin... well, keep it clean and hope for the best.Disorders of the penis
Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis. A similar condition, balanoposthitis, refers to inflammation of the head and the foreskin. Symptoms of balanitis include redness or swelling, itching, rash, pain and a foul-smelling discharge.
Balanitis most often occurs in men and boys who have not been circumcised (had their foreskin surgically removed), and who have poor hygiene. Inflammation can occur if the sensitive skin under the foreskin is not washed regularly, allowing sweat, debris, dead skin and bacteria to collect under the foreskin and cause irritation. The presence of tight foreskin may make it difficult to keep this area clean and can lead to irritation by a foul-smelling substance (smegma) that can accumulate under the foreskin.
This is all so anti-foreskin, it's ridiculous.
|Phimosis and paraphimosis
Phimosis is a condition in which the foreskin of the penis is so tight that it cannot be pulled back (retracted) to reveal the head of the penis. Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin, once retracted, cannot return to its original location.
Phimosis, which is seen most often in children, may be present at birth. It also can be caused by an infection, or by scar tissue that formed as a result of injury or chronic inflammation. Another cause of phimosis is balanitis, which leads to scarring and tightness of the foreskin. Immediate medical attention is necessary if the condition makes urination difficult or impossible.
I'm sorry- WHAT??? And these are urologists
at one of the best hospitals in the country. If this information on their website is representative of their knowledge, then they are ignorant of the anatomy and function of a normal penis. That gives me shivers.
And their Dept of Dermatology
had this charming factoid:
|CosmoDerm and Cosmoplast: Out of the mouths of babes? Not quite. To understand the technology behind these products you must go a little lower; specifically to the discarded foreskins of infant boys after circumcision. Using the collagen producing cells (fibroblasts) found in newborn foreskins scientists have been able to isolate and then replicate these cells to produce the collagen needed for injection. Like the bovine collagen commonly used to treat wrinkles today, these products are eventually reabsorbed by the body and require another treatment 3-6 months later. However, unlike bovine collagen, Cosmoderm and Cosmplast – used to treat fine lines and deep wrinkles respectively – the patient does not need to be test for allergies to the collagen. CosmoDerm and Cosmoplast were both approved by the FDA for use on March 12, 2003.
I don't think you can let your guard down for a moment, regardless of the recommendation. And if this doctor truly turns out to be foreskin-friendly, please point out what their website says.