The procedure

Circumcision is usually carried out on a day patient basis. This means you'll be admitted to hospital on the same day you have surgery and you won't have to stay overnight.

You'll be asked not to eat and drink for six hours before surgery if you're having a general anaesthetic .

After you've been admitted to hospital, you'll be seen by the members of the medical team carrying out the procedure, including your surgeon and anaesthetist.

This is a good opportunity to discuss any concerns you have and ask questions about anything you're not sure about. You'll be asked to sign a consent form to confirm you agree to the surgery.

You'll usually either have ageneral anaesthetic, which means you'll be unconscious throughout the procedure, or a local anaesthetic injection, which will numb your penis and the surrounding area.

In some cases, a spinal anaesthetic, where you're unable to feel anything below your waist, will beused.

The foreskin is removed just behind the head of the penis using a scalpel or surgical scissors.

Any bleeding can be stopped using heat (cauterised), and the remaining edges of skin will be stitched together using dissolvable stitches.

The British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) has produced a leaflet that outlines the circumcision procedure (PDF, 970kb) in more detail.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018