Recovering after male circumcision

After the operation, a dressing will be put over the penis to protect the wound. It will be removed before your child goes home.

He will be allowed home after he's passed urine, which may be slightly uncomfortable at first.

Thepenis will be sore and inflamed for a few days after the operation. Ointment may be prescribed to use for a few days to help the area heal.

Your childwill also need regular pain relief, in the form of paracetamol or ibuprofen , for at least three days.

It may be more comfortable to wear loose clothing or no clothing at all on his bottom half for a few days after the operation. Passing urine in the bath or shower may also be more comfortable.

Yourchild will be able to have a bath the day after the operation. He should avoid riding a bicycle or other toys you sit on untilany swelling has gone down.

He should be able to return to school or nursery about a week after the operation. Make sure you tell the school or nursery about the operation.

In most cases, a follow-up appointment won't be necessary.

However, you should contact your GP or hospital care team if:

  • thepenis is bleeding
  • thepenis is still swollen two weeks after the operation
  • passing urine is still painful a few days after the operation
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018