Circumcision is common in the U.S., with estimates suggesting that about 71.2% of males have undergone the procedure. A lot of people have it done as infants, but that’s not to say you can’t get circumcised as an adult. While the procedure is still simple, it’s a bit more complicated compared to infant circumcision, and the recovery time is longer too. With that said, it’s perfectly normal to have concerns about the procedure and after-care. In this article, we will delve into some of the most common post-adult circumcision questions we’ve received here at Easy Circumcision.
When can I have my stitches removed?
At Easy Circumcision, we tend to use self-absorbing stitches. Therefore, you will not have to have them removed. Rather, the stitches should fall out on their own ten to fourteen days after the procedure. The stitches will allow for better results by guiding the healing edges of the wound close together.
How long is the recovery time?
As mentioned earlier, the recovery timeline for adult circumcision is slightly longer than it is in infants. On average, most patients recover after about two to three weeks. You might have to request a week off from work. However, many patients tend to resume their day-to-day activities immediately after. In the immediate days following the procedure, you might experience some swelling and bruising on and around the penis.
What will aftercare involve after an adult circumcision?
You might experience some mild pain after the procedure. Your doctor might prescribe a pain reliever. However, over-the-counter drugs can be just as effective. You might also have to take antibiotics to reduce the chances of infection. For the swelling, you can apply an ice pack to your groin. Don’t place the ice pack directly on your skin. Put a thin piece of fabric between the pack and your skin.
What are the possible complications post-circumcision?
Circumcision does present some risks, but the rate of complications is generally low. As with any surgical procedure, the most common complication of adult circumcision is bleeding and wound infection. Other possible complications include hematoma formation, diffuse swelling, and pain. The sutures can also tear if you have an erection before the wound completely heals.
When can I be Intimate?
While the recovery timeline is about two to three weeks, you will have to wait a bit longer before you can engage in sexual intercourse. Ideally, you should abstain for at least six weeks. Indulging in sex before the wound completely heals can cause injury to the penis since the head is still tender. In addition, your chances of catching an STI or UTI are quite high during the recovery time. If you must, be sure to use a condom even if you have a regular sexual partner.
Once you have made the decision to get circumcised or if you have any more questions about adult circumcision, give us a call at 314-727-2748 to talk to Rabbi Mike!