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How Long Before Circumcision Heals

When most people think of circumcision, they think of a procedure a baby boy has shortly after birth. This is definitely the best time to have a circumcision, as the procedure is easier and the recovery time is shorter, at just 7-10 days

As a teen or adult, though, the process is a little more complicated. It takes longer, so you will likely need general anesthesia during the procedure. Plus, boys and men this age are a lot more active, so it can be hard to relax and rest when you have school, work, sports, and a sex life. 

Recovery takes a bit longer and it’s important that you adhere to the recovery guidelines. If you don’t, you could develop complications, such as oozing, bleeding, scarring, and infection. 

The Recovery Process

There will be swelling following the circumcision. Swelling and bruising will occur around the penis for several days afterward. It’s a good idea to ice the area for 20-minute intervals every two years. Don’t apply the ice directly to the skin, though; place it over your clothing. 

Keep the bandages and dressings around your penis clean. On the second day, you can typically remove the bandage on your own; confirm this with your doctor.

Your doctor can give you a timeline for healing and recovery. For the most part, though, adult circumcision heals in about three weeks. However, that doesn’t mean you can go back to doing everything just yet. You may have to avoid strenuous activity and sports for a few more weeks afterward. You may have to wait six weeks before you can resume sexual activity, including masturbation. 

You can speed up the recovery process and avoid complications by following your doctor’s instructions. If you are in pain, take Tylenol as directed. Wear tight but comfortable underwear that can support your penis. This will reduce pain.

Don’t do too much too soon. Take time to relax after your circumcision. Strenuous activity can lead to complications. It may be helpful to take a week off work, especially if you typically engage in physical labor as part of your work duties. 

When There Are Complications

Complications can delay recovery and result in scarring or disfigurement. Therefore, if something doesn’t seem right, contact your doctor right away. Here are some examples of complications that may occur after circumcision:

  • Urination does not return to normal after 12 hours.
  • There is continuous bleeding or oozing.
  • There is a foul-smelling discharge from the penis.

Contact Us Today

You may be anxious to heal from your circumcision. You may want to get back to work, play sports, and have sex again. Don’t rush the process, though. You’ll be back to your usual self in no time.

Contact a New York doctor from Lazare Urology to learn more about the pros and cons of circumcisions. We’ll guide you through the recovery process. Schedule a consultation by calling (718) 568-7516 or filling out the online form. We serve the Brooklyn area. 

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