Note: I typed the post below in response to a specific note by Dr. Sears.
I have afterwards become aware of Dr. Sears pages on circumcision:
Dr. Sears, on "Circumcision Problems: Inverted Penis" gives such a poor advice with such deceiving words that he should be prohibited from ever speaking about circumcision.
"When that happens, your son's penis will protrude more, and the foreskin will retract naturally. The penis will look more and more like a normally circumcised one."
Penis are not normally circumcised. They are normally intact. In order to become circumcised they have to be subjected to a surgical amputation, which crushes tissue including veins, nerves, muscle, skin, mucosa and immune cells.
" Some doctors used to perform a partial circumcision -- that is, removing only part of the foreskin. I discourage this practice because the foreskin tends to grow back." ... " It's important that enough foreskin be removed so it doesn't grow back. In a typical circumcision, most doctors will remove about one-third of the foreskin to a depth just below the head of the penis."
Okay, first he says removing only part of the foreskin. Then he says that typically doctors will remove about 1/3 of the foreskin. What I believe that he meant to say but then backtracked to cover his sorry ass, is that a typical circumcision removes about 1/3 of the skin of the penis. Actually it may remove from 1/3 to 1/2 of the skin, imagine that!
And if you think that is good advice, please read this story of a woman who's child had too much skin removed. Pressure from Spouses: A Botched Circumcision Leads to Regret
Dr. Sears. I saw a comment in your article that I hope you bother to answer. Somebody asked you "Why did I have to suffer nerve damage and sexual dysfunction for life? Thanks to my circumcision, I have almost no external feeling in my penis. Thanks to an infection, the glans of my penis is almost completely insensate. (no feeling). I have a lifetime of bad sex, and frustration due to a "routine" circumcision. What medical horror did my circumcision prevent? How was ending up like this better for me?"
This person is a child that parents got circumcised many years ago. He is not alone in his suffering. There are many. Every days there are more and more guys that were damaged either physically or psychologically from a procedure that "If done properly, it is not painful, and certainly, the baby will have no memory of it" according to another one of the comments in your article.
Why is the medical community not answering to this? Are we just the uncomfortable mess that you guys are trying to sweep under the rug?