surgery to remove the skin that covers the head of the penis. This is called
the foreskin. Your doctor "pushed" the foreskin from the head of the penis and
trimmed it off. He or she sewed down the edges using small stitches that will
dissolve. Your doctor may have used any one of a number of techniques to do
this. Most men 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, and
over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are all you
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. Some men prefer
a snug fit for support, while others prefer loose-fitting briefs. The underwear
should hold the penis upright. This will help the swelling go down. The
swelling usually goes down within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
You can return
to work and your normal routine when you feel ready to.
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 call line 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
Call your doctor or nurse call 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 call line if:
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Current as of:
May 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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