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Circumcision is surgery to remove the skin that covers the head of the penis (the foreskin). Your doctor will remove the foreskin. You will have some small stitches. They will dissolve on their own. You will likely 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.
This surgery may also be done for other reasons.
Most people are able to go back to work, school, or their normal routines after a few days. But healing may take several weeks or longer, depending on how the procedure was done.
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: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Avery L. Seifert MD - Urology
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