This is the surgical removal of the foreskin.

The Procedure

Either a full general anaesthetic (where you will be asleep throughout the procedure) or a spinal anaesthetic (where you are awake but unable to feel anything from the waist down) will be used. Your anaesthetist will explain the pros and cons of each type of anaesthetic to you.

Local anaesthetic is also injected into the base of the penis to aid pain control after the operation.

The entire foreskin will be removed using an incision just in front of the head of the penis.

This leaves the head of the penis partially or completely exposed.

After the Procedure

You may experience discomfort for a few days after the procedure but painkillers will be given to you to take home.

Absorbable stitches are normally used which do not require removal.

The dressing on the wound may be washed off in the shower 24-48 hours after the operation.

Vaseline should be applied to the tip of the penis and around the stitch line to prevent the penis from adhering to your underclothes and it is advisable to wear light clothing for 2-3 days. Passing urine will be painless and will not be affected by the operation.

The average hospital stay is less than 1 day.

Side Effects

Most procedures have a potential for side-effects and these are outlined below.

Common (greater than 1 in 10)

  • Swelling of the penis lasting several days

Occasional (between 1 in 10 & 1 in 50)

  • Bleeding of the wound occasionally needing a further procedure
  • Infection of the incision requiring further treatment and/or casualty
  • Permanent altered or reduced sensation in the head of the penis
  • Persistence of the absorbable stitches after 3-4 weeks, requiring

Rare (less than 1 in 50)

  • Scar tenderness
  • Failure to be completely satisfied with the cosmetic result
  • Occasional need for removal of excessive skin at a later date.
  • Permission for biopsy of abnormal area on the head of the penis if
    malignancy is a concern
  • Altered sensation during sexual activity
  • Shortening of the erections or curvature of the penis
Going Home

It will be at least 10 days before healing occurs and you may return to work when you are comfortable enough and your GP is satisfied with your progress. Most people require at least a week off work.

You should refrain from sexual intercourse for a minimum of 4 weeks.

If you develop a temperature, increased redness, throbbing or drainage at the site of the operation, please contact Dr Rasiah’s Rooms on 9439 8867 or your GP.

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