Circumcision

Overview

Circumcision is a removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. The 2 most common reasons for this procedure in adults are recurrent infections of the foreskin and the inability to pull back the foreskin.

What are the benefits of circumcision?

Most men who undergo this procedure as adults have difficulty with recurrent infections or cannot retract the foreskin to clean the tip of the penis. Circumcision will prevent infections from recurring and allow for improved hygiene.

Our approach

Circumcision is an outpatient procedure (you will go home the same day). Under general anesthesia, your urologist will make two incisions in the skin on each side of the foreskin. The foreskin is removed and the two skin edges are then sutured back together. These sutures will dissolve or fall out within 14 days of the operation and do not require removal.

How long does circumcision take?

The procedure most often takes between 30-45 minutes to complete.

What can I expect after surgery?

The tip of the penis will feel sensitive for a few weeks and there will be some swelling and possibly some bruising. Using ice packs in the few days following the operation will help reduce the amount of swelling or discomfort.  Most men expect significant pain afterward, but as amazing as it sounds, pain is usually very little. In case you to experience discomfort, your surgeon will prescribe a pain killer.

What can I expect after discharge from the hospital?

Your surgeon will most likely leave a dressing around the penis covering the area of the surgery. This may be removed within 1-2 days of the procedure, but ask you surgeon when you should remove it. If the dressing falls off, you may let your surgeon know, but it usually will not need to be replaced.

  • Do not apply creams or ointments to the incision.
  • Sexual activity or masturbation should be avoided for approximately 6 weeks after the procedure to minimize the risk of infection or separation of the sutures and skin.
  • Heavy lifting (more than 20 lbs) or strenuous activity increase the risk of bleeding, and should be avoided for several weeks.
  • You may shower after 48 hours, but do not soak or submerge the penis.

Follow-up appointment

Your surgeon will typically see you within 7-14 days following the procedure, but will let you know specifically when to arrange a follow up.

Risk factors

What are the risks of circumcision?

Infection and bleeding are rare following circumcision, but can occur. If you develop severe swelling and bruising after the procedure, let your surgeon know immediately. 

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