Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Doctors warned: circumcision carries “considerable risks"

A membership body for healthcare professionals has warned its members that circumcision carries “considerable” risks.

One of the world’s leading healthcare organisations has warned doctors that male circumcision can carry considerable risks causing discomfort, disability and in the worse cases death.

The warning comes from MPS, a not-for-profit representative body that is based in the UK and has a membership of over 270,000 doctors, consultants and other healthcare professionals in more than 40 countries worldwide.

According to MPS, common problems associated with circumcision can include:
  • Post operative bleeding
  • Infection
  • Residual foreskin.

More serious complications can include:
  • Amputation of the glans penis
  • Extensive loss of penile skin
  • Damage to the urethra.

The MPS also confirms that there are cases of circumcision-related deaths.

In light of these considerable risks The MPS has advised doctors to ensure that patients and parents are aware of all the considerable risks associated with circumcision and make sure that any consent given is informed by knowledge of these risks.

The MPS has also urged the medical profession to ensure that anyone carrying out the operation to has the necessary skills and experience to do so, and to carry out the procedure with the appropriate facilities and equipment.


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