Circumcision is an operation to remove the skin covering the glans (the head of the penis). Circumcision is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Occasionally it can be offered under local anaesthetic if this option is preferred.


The procedure

During the operation, the foreskin is removed and the skin closed together again either with an absorbable stitch/suture or skin glue. You will be able to go home the same day.


After discharge

You will be discharged home post-operatively with either no dressing or a small dressing on the wound and some antibiotic ointment.  This is a non-stick ointment that has an antibiotic within it. It also helps to stop the wound from your surgery sticking to your underwear.

  • You can shower the day after the operation, and showering daily is recommended to keep the wound clean. 
  • Apply the antibiotic ointment to the wound lightly twice a day. Continue to use this each day until the tube runs out (usually 5-7 days).
  • You may return back to your normal activities when it is comfortable to do so. This is usually around two to four days.
  • The wound will be uncomfortable for approximately 7 to 10 days. Passing urine is usually not at all painful.
  • Sexual activity should not be resumed until 6 weeks after the surgery.
  • It takes approximately two to four weeks for the sutures to fully dissolve.
  • Firm, supportive underwear while the stitches are in place is often helpful.



If you are concerned about redness, swelling or a discharge from the wound, contact us as an infection may be present. Talk to one of our nurses in the first instance, or for urgent after hours advice you can contact the on call urologist through our main phone number.

AuthorVanessa Ortynsky