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Adult Male Circumcision

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Circumcision is a procedure to remove the foreskin from your penis. The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis. Your pain should get better within 3 days. However, your penis may be swollen for about 2 weeks.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • There is new bleeding.
  • Your pain becomes severe or does not get better within a few days.
  • You have problems urinating.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Read the labels of all other medicines you are using to see if they also contain acetaminophen, or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly. Do not use more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) total of acetaminophen in one day.
  • 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.

Care for circumcision dressing:

Remove the dressing from your penis by soaking it off in the bathtub. Fill a clean tub about hip high with clean warm water. Sit in the tub until the dressing comes off easily.

Self care:

It can take up to 6 weeks for you to heal.

  • Apply ice to the area. Ice should be placed for 20 minutes and then taken off for 20 minutes. Repeat this for the first 24 hours after your procedure. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel before you apply it to the area. Ice will help decrease pain and swelling.
  • Rest. Do not run or play sports until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Do not have sex for 6 weeks, or until your healthcare provider says it is okay.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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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.

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