Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is trimmed away and the edges are sewn using small dissolvable stitches. Circumcision is usually required in adults when the foreskin is scarred and can not be pulled back, also known as phimosis. It may also be required when it is extremely tight and painful when pulled back or difficult to pull forward again, also called paraphimosis. If the foreskin is left untreated it can lead to recurrent episodes of infections of the foreskin, or balanitis.
The alternative to circumcision is to leave the foreskin uncircumcised. To help relieve any discomfort and swelling pain relief medication can be prescribed. It must be remembered that if left untreated your problems will continue and may get worse.
What To Expect
The circumcision procedure is performed in a hospital under a local anesthetic. The procedure typically takes about 45 minutes. If you are taking aspirin or blood thinning medications, these must be discontinued at least 7 days prior to the appointment. It is helpful for you to shave your pubic area at home before the procedure.
After the Operation
Following the circumcision, you may eat and drink normally. A light dressing might be placed around the penis to absorb any small amount of blood that may leak out from the wound. You may experience discomfort during the first few times you pass urine. Your wound may appear raw and swollen but should settle down within a few days. While pain is usually not severe, erections possibly could be painful for the first few days following the procedure. You may drive 24-48 hours after the operation.
After circumcision, contact Dr. Huffer and his team if you notice:
- The wound looks very red and swollen or you have a yellow (pus) discharge around the wound area you may have an infection.
- One or two of the dissolvable stitches continue to remain 3 to 4 weeks after the operation.
- You may find a reduced or altered sensation to the penis. Often making it more sensitive. This may or may not get better.
- Sometimes the wound continues to leak fluid or blood.