What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves removing the skin (known as the foreskin) that is covering the head of the penis. Circumcision may be performed on newborn or adult males. At Urology Austin, we work with adult patients.
Circumcision post-operative instructions
The following general instructions may apply for male adults seeking circumcision. Talk to your provider regarding these post-op instructions for clarification, and their specific recommendations.
- Nausea is common after receiving general anesthesia. If experiencing nausea, your provider may recommend starting a clear liquid diet, and gradually adding regular foods. Nausea will usually subside within a few hours.
- The provider will instruct the patient on when they can remove the gauze dressing post surgery.
- A shower is not recommended post-surgery. Typically, showers are cleared for the day after surgery. Instead, take a tub bath for 10 minutes and soak the entire genitalia (do not use soap or body wash). Then unwrap the dressing or it may slip off. Refrain from bathtubs, hot tubs, or swimming pools for at least two weeks AFTER THIS INITIAL BATH.
- The provider may recommended applying Neosporin or other antibiotic ointment twice a day around incision. Ask the provider before applying any topicals.
- Swelling around the rim of the incision is normal and temporary. It will decrease and typically resolve within three to four weeks.
- Wearing loose outer clothing may help with comfort.
- Refrain from strenuous physical activity for two weeks. This includes lifting heavy objects, weight-lifting, and exercise, however, you can walk and use stairs. Use compression shorts with physical activity. Again, speak to your provider for clarification based on your specific case.
- Refrain from sexual intercourse for about four to six weeks.
- You should schedule a follow-up appointment with your provider at four weeks after the procedure.
Possible risks and complications
It is important to contact your provider if you experience any of the following:
- Excessive bleeding.
- Difficulty urinating.
- Temperatures greater than 101.5 degrees.
- Excessive nausea and vomiting preventing you from keeping down fluids or medication.
- Pain that is not controlled with medication.
- Significant swelling or pain in the legs
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest pain.