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What are the risks of circumcision?

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Like any surgery, circumcision can carry risks. But they’re low. Possible problems with circumcision include:

  • Pain
  • Risk of bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision
  • Irritation of the glans
  • Increased risk of meatitis (inflammation of the opening of the penis)
  • Risk of injury to the penis

From: Circumcision Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Pediatrics. 

The American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 13, 2018

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American Academy of Pediatrics. 

The American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 13, 2018

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