Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend routine circumcision of newborn baby boys, but parents may choose to have their baby circumcised for religious, cultural or hygienic reasons.
In older boys and adults, circumcision may be recommended if the foreskin becomes too tight and cannot be retracted over the glans.
For newborns, a topical or injected anesthetic is used. In older boys or adults, the procedure may be done under general anesthesia as bleeding is more common, and sutures may be required.