Circumcision surgery is an operation that cuts away the foreskin of the penis (the loose skin covering the head of the penis). As an adult, most men choose to have a circumcision to relieve problems associated with a foreskin that is too tight, including difficulty passing urine and/or infections. You may also experience pain during sexual intercourse.
The process takes approximately 20-30 minutes and you should be able to return home on the same day. Under either a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic, the foreskin will be removed just behind the head of the penis using a surgical scalpel. Any blood is cauterised and edges of skin stitched together with absorbable stitches.
You will be able to go home the same day, but should have someone to drive you home if the procedure was carried out under a general anaesthetic.
You should expect some swelling and/or bruising after the surgery, but this will subside whilst the wound site heals. The absorbable stitches will dissolve or fall out from approximately 2-4 weeks post-procedure. To encourage healing, you should wear briefs or supportive underpants to keep the penis supported and elevated.
Risks associated with Circumcision Surgery
Most circumcision operations that are carried out for medical reasons are rare and only affect a small minority. There is approximately a 1 in 10 to 1 in 50 chance of bleeding and infection occurring. Bleeding is completely normal as part of the natural healing process, but there can be a risk of infection if the site is not kept sanitary. Other risks may include:
- Reduction in sensation of the head of the penis, usually associated with sex
- The scarred area may be tender
- Needing another operation to cut away more of the skin from around the head of the penis