What is recovery like following circumcision?

There may be some pain and discomfort following circumcision surgery which can be easily treated with painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. 

Drink plenty of liquids as this will dilute the acidity of the and will also reduce any soreness or stinging when passing urine. The penis will be red, swollen and sore for the first few days after surgery but this will ease.

You may also experience:

Swelling – you can expect a little swelling and bruising at the wound site. There may also be a bit of oozing yellow coloured fluid. This is normal and nothing to worry about, although it may take about 3-4 weeks for your wound to heal completely.

Stitches – these will dissolve or fall out on their own about 14 to 21 days after the operation. Some of the last pieces may take four to six weeks to dissolve or disappear. They do not need to be removed.

Wound dressing – you will have a dressing on the penis following your operation. However, this will be removed before you go home or you will be instructed to remove it later that day if there has been no bleeding from the wound site. You should not require a dressing after that. 

Bleeding - It is possible you may have some bleeding from the foreskin, although this is unusual. If bleeding does occur, use a clean cloth and press firmly on the area that is bleeding for 15 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, get in touch with your surgeon. 

Glans sensitivity – the glans (head of your penis) will feel extra sensitive for the first two weeks after the operation. This will then settle down and over time you will notice that the glans becomes less sensitive than it was before the operation. 

Wound appearance – in the initial six weeks after the operation, the head of the penis and the skin around the wound site may appear swollen but this will settle down. By 6 months post-operation will have returned to normal.

Sexual activity – you should refrain from all sexual activity for four weeks after the operation.

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