Circumcision removes the skin that covers the head of the penis. This is called the foreskin. Your doctor will "push" the foreskin from the head of the penis. Then he or she will trim the foreskin and sew down the edges. Your doctor may use any one of a number of ways to do this. You will have some small stitches. They will dissolve on their own. Most men go home the same day as the surgery.
You may have the surgery because you can't roll back your foreskin. This is called phimosis. Or you may need the surgery because your foreskin is stuck behind the penis head. This is called paraphimosis. After surgery, these problems will go away.
Some men have this surgery for religious or social reasons.
You can go back to work and your normal routine within 1 week, depending on your job.
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.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: December 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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