Parents who are against circumcision can choose painless circumcision. Parents are most concerned about the pain they feel after this procedure. Many parents, including doctors, have described the pain to be unbearable and their child crying during the procedure. The American Academy of Pediatrics now considers pain to be a possibility with any surgical procedure. So, are there any alternatives to painless circumcisions? Is there an analgesic option that can be used instead of the painful male circumcision process?
One study suggests that there might be a possibility of using lidocaine with a local anesthetic for painless circumcision. This is done by blocking nerve impulses being transmitted to the area. While lidocaine has been widely used for decades with great results, it can also cause sleepiness. One study found that one out of fourteen boys had severe lidocaine reactions and experienced difficulty breathing, irregular heart beat, headache, dizziness and nausea.
If you are not in favor of the use of lidocaine with the use of anesthetic, there are other painless circumcision methods that you might consider. One option is to use local or topical anesthesia. Anesthesia is preferred over pain management because of the time it takes from the time the baby is born until he is circumcised. Also, there are less risks of complications with local anesthesia than with anesthesia given by the baby’s doctor.
An alternative to painless circumcision, is local or topical analgesia. Applying the analgesia to the baby’s foreskin provides immediate pain relief, but the effects fade quickly. Some of these topical analgesics work by dilating the blood vessels and thus reduce pain. These topical painkillers are not recommended to be used by newborn males. Their effect on the circulatory systems can lead to adverse effects. Topical analgesia shouldn’t be used during the first months after neonatal circumcision. This is because the newborn’s circulation system is still developing.
A disposable patch can also be used to provide pain relief during circumcision. The most common type is the open clamp. The mogen clamp is a simple device that clamps tight at the head of the penis just above the glans. By clamping the head of the penis below the glans, the amount of tissue removed in the process produces minimal to no pain. However, a mogen-clamp may not be strong enough to stop bleeding. For this reason, it is not recommended for newborns.
Cavicular drilling is a relatively painless, but still very invasive surgical procedure. Small, metal titanium screws are used in this procedure to create holes at specific locations on the penis. Although the procedure is relatively painless, it can cause severe discomfort and bleeding. A long-acting local painkiller is often required. Although a topical anaesthetic may not be required, it is highly recommended to use a combination of regional and local anaesthesia.
Laser surgery is perhaps the most painless and simple method of performing a circumcision for adult men. Laser surgery is performed using a handheld laser device. The doctor makes incisions on the penis’ surface while the patient is receiving local or regional anaesthesia. Unlike the more invasive methods detailed above, laser surgery does not require the use of anesthetic. Laser surgery is a painless procedure that provides almost instant relief for the pain of circumcision.
While a mogen clamp provides almost painless results, it may not be the best option for men who must wear briefs or binders for several hours each day. To perform the same operation, other methods such as dry washing or masturbation can be used. The choice of a method to perform a routine, such as male masturbation with the mogen clamp, is ultimately a matter for preference. There are many options available. Your decision should be based on your personal preference, cost, and comfort.