Circumcision Surgery Explained
Circumcision is surgery to remove the foreskin (extra skin) from around the end of the penis (Picture 1).
The circumcision is usually done in the doctor’s office if his age is less than 1 year old. For kids above 1 is done under general anaesthesia. Your visit will take about one and one-half hours in all. Your baby will be awake and will have an injection (a shot) at the base of the penis to numb the area.
What to Expect After Surgery
The penis will have a plastic ring around it. The ring will fall off on its own in 5 to 7 days. There are no stitches with this procedure.
- There may be some swelling that will go away in about 4 days.
- There may be bruising in the area.
Home Care after Surgery
- Change diapers often. Rinse the area with water. Avoid using commercial diaper wipes.
- Bathing: If your baby still has his umbilical cord attached, give him sponge baths after surgery. Gently clean the penis with soap and water 2 to 4 times every day until the ring comes off and the penis is healed. If your baby’s umbilical cord has already fallen off, give the baby a bath every day, beginning the morning after surgery, until the ring comes off.
- Your baby’s doctor may tell you to apply antibiotic ointment or Vaseline to the tip of the penis with each diaper change until the ring falls off.
- There are NO restrictions for the use of car seats. Your child should ride in his car seat as usual.