You must have a lot of questions about adult circumcision surgery before you get it for yourself. Some of you may even be questioning if it is worth it. There are a lot of health benefits to getting circumcised. Some of these include reduced risk of STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections), lower chances of penile cancer and cervical cancer in female partners, low risk of urinary tract infection and prevention of phimosis (inability to retract foreskin) and paraphimosis (inability to return the foreskin to its original position) to name a few. But before that, what is circumcision, when is it done and what to expect from the surgery? In this blog post, we will answer all these questions for you.
Everything You Need to Know About Adult Circumcision Surgery:
Circumcision surgery for adults is still a surgery and much like other medical procedures, requires extreme care and expertise. So, we recommend you do your research before going to a clinic. Let us make some of that research easy for you here:
What is Circumcision:
Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin (the skin covering the head of your penis). The procedure has been performed for a long time now and has some religious as well as scientific values attached to it. As we discussed in the start, getting circumcised has a lot of benefits and you can avoid problems like balanitis (inflammation of the glans) by getting it done.
When is it done?
Circumcision is usually performed on children a day or two after their birth. However, you can have it performed later on in life as well. The health benefits are big and the procedure is usually recommended to adults who have problems like phimosis.
What to Expect From The Surgery:
During the surgical process, the excess foreskin is freed from the penis via the head and then clipped off. The area is first numbed using medication or numbing cream that is applied to it. After this is done, the penis is clamped and the doctor removes the foreskin. Adults are sometimes given medicine to sleep during the process as well.
Once the procedure is carried out, the doctor applies antibiotic cream or petroleum jelly to the area and wraps it with surgical gauze as it aids in healing. Now, before you go in for the surgery, you can ask your doctors to keep your aesthetic considerations and needs in mind when operating. A good doctor like those over at Circumcision Center can work closely with you to have your needs met as accurately as possible.
The Follow Up:
For infants, you should not use any towels or wipes as they can irritate the skin and injure it. Use warm water and soap instead for better healing. Always apply petroleum jelly after cleaning the infant and before wrapping him in a diaper. Loosely rewrap with gauze as well.
For adult circumcision, they should take it slow for 2 to 3 days after which it is safe to go back to school or work. Icing the area for upto 2 hours on the first day after surgery and 10 to 20 minutes at a time is highly recommended. It helps with healing. You are advised to drink plenty of water and clear fluids in the first 24 hours after the procedure. The doctor advises you to wear loose underwear and keep the gauze on until he tells you to take it off.
The healing process generally takes 5 to 7 days.
If you made it to the end of this article, we believe you are more than ready and equipped with relevant information to get yourself an adult circumcision surgery. As we discussed, there are a lot of health benefits to it and you can ask the doctor to keep your aesthetic preferences in mind before the surgery as well. Follow all the follow up procedures carefully and you are good to go!
For further information, please visit the FAQs section below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What should you not do after circumcision?
You can take short baths. Avoid strenuous exercises and activities like weight lifting, jogging, cycling and aerobic exercises for at least 4 weeks or until your doctor asks you to. You can slowly return to work and normal activities like driving a car when you feel comfortable doing it.
What should you do before circumcision?
Things to do before circumcision surgery include:
- Stop smoking as it interferes with healing
- If you are going with a local anaesthetic, you can eat and drink like usual
- Clean and shave the pubic area
- Have someone drive you home post surgery
- Avoid eating at least 6 hours before the surgery
How do you sleep after circumcision surgery?
In order to avoid nocturnal erection and pulling on the stitching, empty your bladder before sleeping and sleep on your side while drawing your knees up into fetal position.