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Surgical circumcision healing process for men

July 29, 2021 8:21 am

Circumcision healing process for men must be followed assuredly for best results. It takes up to 6 weeks for the circumcised penis to heal completely.


Keep it dry

Recovery from an adult circumcision may take up to 6 weeks. The penis may feel very sensitive for the first 2 weeks, and dissolvable stitches may last for 2–3 weeks. It is also advisable to keep the area dry for 48 hours after the surgery and avoid swimming for up to 2 weeks.



A person should wear loose-fitting clothing for the first few days after the procedure and refrain from any sexual activity for 6 weeks. It is common to experience pain during an erection while recovering.


Petroleum jelly

Applying petroleum jelly may help ease itching and pain, and it can help prevent stitches from sticking to clothing. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help if a person experiences any discomfort.



After the operation your whole penis will be swollen and look very bruised. This is a normal effect of both the injected anaesthetic and the handling it necessarily receives during the operation. These will gradually reduce over the next week or two.



If you normally wear boxer shorts you may find that they give insufficient support immediately post-operative. You may wish to consider some form of briefs which will hold your penis in position and thus reduce the frictional stimulation which it would otherwise receive if allowed to swing freely.


The bandage

After the procedure only the immediate area of the cut will be bandaged. This bandage will normally be wound tightly around the penis. It serves two purposes, to protect the wound and to contain and reduce the swelling. It will be removed when you go for review after 48 hours.


Salt water

Only put enough lukewarm water in a small container where you can deep your penis for five minutes three times a day for the next 6 weeks. This promotes healing and avoids infections. Throw in a couple of handfuls of salt to promote healing. Allow the exposed penis to soak for a few minutes and then pat dry with a gauze pad followed by applying a fresh bandage to protect the wound as it continues to heal in the case of stich circumcision.


Promoting healing

Do not apply any antiseptic cream to your penis, nor add any antiseptic to bathwater. Whilst they do help to kill germs, most are corrosive to new skin and slow down healing. In the rare cases where an infection develops, see a doctor as soon as possible.


Pain killers

Everyone reacts differently in respect of pain. For most people circumcision will not be very painful, but a degree of discomfort is to be expected during the first few days.

If you choose to take painkillers, then follow the instructions precisely. Do not take more than the recommended maximum dose.

If you have a favourite brand of pain killer and the doctor has prescribed something else, be sure to ask about the effects of combining medications.

Do not take Aspirin or any Aspirin based product since these thin the blood and have an anti-clotting action which can increase bleeding from a wound. Please liaise with the doctors first if you take aspirin regularly for heart-related problems.


The stitches

Stitches or sutures need to remain in place long enough for the cut edges to knit together but not so long as to allow the skin around them to fully heal. In practice, this usually means they should remain for between 1 and 2 weeks. Leaving them longer increases the risk of small holes remaining in the skin.



To reduce the effect of night erections pulling on the stitches during the first few days, empty your bladder before retiring and a few times during the night. Do not lie on your back, but on your side. It may be helpful to draw your knees up a bit into a more foetal position.



Do not be over eager to have sex until your circumcision has healed, which will normally take up to six weeks.

To avoid excessive friction on the healing scar line you may wish to consider the use of a condom. A condom should always be used for penetrative sex even with a regular partner until the scar line is completely healed and settled down, which may take two to three months to achieve.


Loose muscles behind the head

After the healing of the would there will be loose muscles behind the head/ring. This will disappear with time as the penis get erections.


You should naturally avoid energetic or contact sports, cycling and swimming until your circumcision has fully healed

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