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Male circumcision is an elective surgery to remove the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers and protects the rounded tip of the penis. This surgery is most commonly done on newborns about 24 hours old.

Newborn circumcision is not medically necessary. The decision whether to have it done is based on the personal preference of the parents.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJanuary 27, 2012

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