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Adult Male Circumcision


Circumcision is surgery to remove the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis.



  • Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.
    • Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.
    • Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.
    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.
  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Sexual activity:

You may need to wait 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure before sexual activity. Ask your healthcare provider before you engage in sexual activity.

Rest when you need to while you heal after surgery.

Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.


  • Bathing and wound care: The bandages may be removed 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. When you are allowed to shower, carefully wash the incision with soap and water every day. Do not take a tub bath or get in a hot tub until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Clothing: Do not wear tight-fitting briefs, shorts, or pants.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have pain when you urinate.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have questions or concerns about your procedure, condition, or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your urine has blood in it, becomes very cloudy, and smells bad.
  • You cannot urinate.
  • You have pain or swelling of the penis that does not go away, even with medicine.
  • Your incision is red, swollen, painful, and leaking pus.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.