Circumcision is the process of removing the foreskin of the penis. During the procedure, the foreskin is extended with forceps, then a device is used, after which the foreskin is excised. After the circumcision procedure, the circumcised area may get red, raw, and tender and some bleeding. There might be pus or yellow drainage from the end of the penis. It will get normal by the third day after the procedure.  

If a baby boy is circumcised and a plastibell ring is used, then it must fall off in the first week after the surgery or procedure. Make sure you don’t pull the ring because it may lead to bleeding. It might take about 7 to 10 days before the circumcised area properly heals. 

Here are some aftercare tips:-

  • 1. For preventing infection, make sure to clean or wash your hands everytime you change the gauze.
  • 2. If the gauze stucked near the circumcised area, use warm water and a cotton ball or a washcloth to wet the gauze. 
  • 3. Make sure you don’t use any soap, powder, lotion, or wipes for cleaning the penis, as they might lead to skin irritation or stinging. 
  • 4. Reapply a new piece of gauze with vaseline or petroleum jelly. It will help in quick healing. 
  • 5. When the circumcised area gets soiled with stool, gently remove or clean the gauze using warm water. 
  • 6. The gauze needs to be changed every time you change a diaper of the baby. 

Risks of circumcision in adults

Circumcision is a very simple process in adults. However, it carries some risks that include:-

Infection – after circumcision, infection is possible at the incision made during the procedure. This may prolong the recovery period.   

Bleeding – you may also experience some bleeding for a few hours or days after the procedure near the incisions. 

Foreskin problems – during the circumcision procedure, it might be possible that your skin may be trimmed too short or it may left too long. Both can lead to some complications or issues. 

Reaction to anesthesia – you will receive anesthesia before the procedure starts. Furthermore, reactions to the medications are also possible such as vomiting, nausea, and headache. 

Recovery After Circumcision

After the surgery or procedure, you’ll experience bruising and swelling on and near the penis. Apply an ice pack to the groin for 10 – 15 minutes after every two hours. The first few days after the surgery, do not avoid dressing and cleaning as it will help in reducing the risk of infection.  

Recovery in adults usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. You might need a week of rest. In some cases, people are not able to get back to their normal activities for a week or more. You will be able to start your normal activities, including exercise and physical activity, four weeks after the surgery. Masturbation and sexual intercourse may take a bit longer time almost around 6 weeks after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should you not do after circumcision?

You must avoid strenuous activities like weight lifting, jogging, or aerobic exercise for four weeks after the surgery or procedure. 

Is it OK to walk around after circumcision?

Yes, you can walk for a few minutes every two hours as it helps maintain good circulation. However, you should avoid strenuous activities. 

How long does it take to recover after circumcision? 

It mainly takes around 10 days for proper healing or recovery after the procedure. It is recommended to take one week of rest for faster recovery. 

How long does the pain last after circumcision? 

Pain may last upto 3 to 4 days. In some cases, it may take 7 to 10 days.

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