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What types of circumcision are there?

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The Mogen technique, the Gomco technique and the Plastibell technique are three types of circumcision procedures, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Circumcision is performed to remove the foreskin from the head of the penis.

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With the Mogen technique, the doctor places the baby's foreskin in a hinge-shaped device called a Mogen clamp. When the clamp is closed, the doctor removes the foreskin with a scalpel. A circumcision performed this way typically takes less time and is less likely to result in excessive bleeding, infection or swelling, according to UW Health.

A physician using the Gomco technique pulls the foreskin back, places it over a bell-shaped device and then tightens a clamp over the foreskin. If the doctor has difficulty pulling the foreskin back, it may be necessary to cut it with a scalpel. Experts from Wake Forest Baptist Health say the Gomco technique is more likely to cause excessive bleeding than the Mogen technique.

During the Plastibell circumcision, a doctor places a clear plastic ring between the rim of the foreskin and the head of the penis. The ring remains in place for anywhere from three to 14 days, according to the University of Michigan Health System. When the plastic ring falls off, the rim of the foreskin falls off along with it.

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