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Circumcision

Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the human penis. It is a religious or cultural ritual for many Jewish and Islamic families, as well as certain aboriginal tribes in Africa and Australia. Circumcision can also be a matter of family tradition, personal hygiene or preventive health care. Sometimes there's a medical need for circumcision, such as when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back (retracted) over the glans. In other cases, particularly in certain parts of Africa, circumcision is recommended for older boys or men to reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections.

When you get home:

Diet

You may return to your normal diet within twenty-four hours following your surgery. We suggest clear liquids and a very light meal the first evening following surgery.

Activity

Your physical activity should be restricted the first forty-eight hours. During the first 7 to 10 days following surgery you should avoid lifting any heavy objects (anything greater than fifteen pounds), and avoid strenuous exercise. If you work, ask us specifically about your restrictions, both for home and work.

Ice packs should be placed over the scrotum on and off for the first 48 hours. Frozen peas or corn in a ZipLoc bag can be frozen, used and re-frozen. 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off is a reasonable schedule.

Hygiene

  • Take pain medication as directed by your physician
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed
  • Call if any worsening of pain
  • Keep incision clean
  • If a NEW area of redness or swelling occurs, please let us know
  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery
  • Avoid tub bathing until approved by your physician

Side Effects:

Problems you should report to your doctor:

  • Fever of 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Moderate or severe swelling under the skin incision or involving the scrotum.
  • Drug reactions such as hives, a rash, nausea or vomiting.

Follow Up:

You should contact our office within 24 hours to set up your first follow-up appointment. This visit, to check your incision and progress, is usually set up 1-2 weeks following your surgery. Please make sure to schedule and attend your follow up appointment.