Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The procedure takes about thirty minutes and is performed under general anesthesia. The entire foreskin is removed using an incision just behind the head of the penis. Local anesthesia will be used to relieve discomfort after the operation.
What can I expect afterward?
You will be sent home with a compression dressing that can be removed in 48 hours. If it falls off sooner than that, it’s not a problem. Absorbable stitches are used that do not require removal.
You will likely experience pain for a few days that can be managed with the analgesics that will be prescribed. Anti-inflammatories such as Advil and Ibuprofen are preferred to the narcotics as they are equally effective and have less side effects. You should not drive a car or operate machinery if you are using a narcotic for pain relief.
When do I need to follow up in the office?
You will need to be checked back in the office a week or two after the circumcision and at the six-week point.