Circumcision is a minor surgery done to remove the loose (excess) skin that covers the head of the penis, which is the “foreskin.” During a surgical procedure, the doctor pushes the foreskin from the head of the penis and trims it off. Using small stitches that dissolve over the days, they sew it down. Depending on your doctor, there are a number of techniques they can use to pull this off. Often, men have the permission to go back home on that same day, after the surgery.
Generally, adult circumcision is not painful. For the first two days, your penis may bruise and swell, but over the counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen work well to subside the pain and swelling. Probably, you will need to have a dressing over the entire penis or the area of surgery. It is best that you follow the precautions and care tips that your doctor advice after its removal. For a few days, leave the wound open but when you wear underwear, ensure that it is comfortable for you. Some men usually prefer to wear a snug fit one for better support, while the loose fitting briefs are a better choice for you. The underwear has to hold the penis in an upright position. This helps the swelling to fade away, which could last for up to three weeks after the surgery.
Read on below to get a general idea from professionals like Circumcision Center on the care tips you can incorporate into your daily routine for a quick healing.
What Care Tips Should You Follow at Home?
Diet is Essential
After the surgery, doctors give you the green signal to eat a normal diet. However, if your stomach is upset, try to eat low-fat meals like boiled chicken, plain rice, yogurt, and toast. You should drink enough water unless your doctor advises you on not to drink excess.
Activity is Important
When you feel tired, you need to rest, and the best way to heal faster is through enough sleep. Each day, try to walk, start with a little and gradually increase it. When it is time to take a shower, ensure that you do so when you no longer have the bandage on your penis. To avoid infections, pat the incision or cut dry with a soft cloth.
Avoid taking part in strenuous activities like jogging, bicycle riding, aerobic exercise, and weight lifting, for at least four weeks, or until when the doctors say it’s fine to do so. Return to normal activities only when your incision heals and when you feel comfortable, including driving.
Your doctor will guide you on when you can take medicines. If they give you prescribed, medicines, they will give you instructions on when to eat them. If you take aspirin or other blood thinners, ensure that you talk to your doctor. They will guide you when to stop and take those medicines again. Talk to your doctor and make sure that you understand what they want you to do.
Take Pain Medicines Exactly As Directed
If the doctor prescribes a painkiller, take it directly as prescribed. If you have no prescribed medicines, then you should consult with your doctor whether it is suitable to take over the counter medicines or not. At the same time, avoid taking more than one medicine, unless the doctor tells you to do so. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, take them as they prescribe. Make sure that you do not stop taking them when you feel your incision is better, follow the full course. If you feel the medicines are having an effect on your stomach, you need to have them after a meal (unless you are told not to). In this case, you can ask your doctor for another one that suits your stomach better.
Ice and Elevation
For about 10-20 minutes, you can apply some ice or cold pack on your groin (if the pain persists). You can repeat this every one or two hours on the first day. However, make sure that you keep a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. If you wear underwear, position the penis so that it remains upright.
After adult circumcision, taking care of your incision is not so difficult. You just have to follow these tips, and maintain a healthy diet. However, if at any point you feel the incision is opening again, having an infection, or a sign of infection, the best advice is to consult your doctor about the problem. Watch closely for any signs of changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you notice excess swelling, high fever, pain, or redness.