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Circumcision is surgery to remove the skin that covers the head of the penis (the foreskin). Your doctor removed the foreskin. You will have some small stitches. They will dissolve on their own. Most people go home the same day as the surgery.
Your penis may swell and bruise for the first 2 days. It is generally not very painful. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are likely all you'll need.
You will probably have a dressing over the area or over your entire penis. Follow your doctor's directions about when to remove it. Wear underwear that is comfortable for you. You may prefer a snug fit for support. Or you might like loose-fitting briefs. The underwear should hold the penis upright. This will help the swelling go down. The swelling usually goes down within a few weeks after surgery. But in some cases it may take a little longer.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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