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Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the human penis. Circumcision is often a matter of religious or cultural ritual, family tradition, personal hygiene, or preventive health care.

Sometimes there's a medical need for circumcision, such as when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back (retracted) over the glans of the penis. In other cases, circumcision is recommended for older boys or men to reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections.

The procedure will be performed either in a doctor’s office or in the hospital. You may receive either local or general anesthesia.

After Your Surgery

Ice packs should be placed over the scrotum on and off for the first 48 hours: 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off is a reasonable schedule.

Restrict your activity for the first 48 hours. During the first 7 to 10 days following surgery, you should avoid lifting any heavy objects (anything greater than 15 pounds) and avoid strenuous exercise. If you work, ask your physician specifically about your restrictions, both for home and work.

  • Keep your incision clean
  • Take pain medication and antibiotics as directed
  • Call your doctor if your pain worsens or there is new redness or swelling
  • Do not shower for 48 hours after your surgery; avoid tub baths until approved by your doctor

If you experience any of the following side effects, report them to your doctor immediately:

  • Fever of 101.3 or higher
  • Moderate or severe swelling under the incision or involving the scrotum
  • Hives, rash, nausea, or vomiting, which may be a reaction to painkillers or antibiotics

Post-op Follow Up

Within 24 hours of surgery, contact the doctor’s office to set up your post-op follow-up appointment. This visit is usually scheduled 1-2 weeks following your surgery; however, if you experience any problems, including those listed above, call the office to be seen sooner.

Miami urologist Dr. Marvin Bondhus performs circumcision on patients from the Miami metro area. For a consultation, call (305) 661-9692 or request an appointment online.