circumcision

Q | discharge advice

A | For men who have had a general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours.

Before discharge, your nurse will give you advice about caring for the healing wound, hygiene and bathing. It will be more comfortable to wear loose clothing such as boxer shorts or a dressing gown with no underpants or trousers until the wound has healed. Tight-fitting clothes may rub the wound and make it sore.

It is important to keep the penis clean. The area should be kept dry for 48 hours after the operation. After this, take warm baths or showers once a day. Don't use bubble bath or scented soaps, as these may irritate your operation site. The penis should be left to dry naturally.

Dissolvable stitches are used so they will not require removal; however the wound may bleed slightly until all the stitches have dissolved.

Children will be able to return to school after 7 to 10 days and resume sports and swimming two or three weeks after the operation provided there is no discomfort or swelling.

Adults should not drive until they can perform an emergency stop without discomfort. This is usually around five days after the operation.

Follow your doctor’s advice about sexual activity. Having an erection will be painful for a few days after the operation. You should not have sexual intercourse until the wound has healed completely. This can take up to about four weeks. If you have sexual intercourse too soon, the wound could re-open and you may need another operation.

You will be given an appointment to attend the outpatient clinic about 4-6 weeks after surgery. Any questions can be answered at this time.