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What is a circumcision?

A circumcision is an operation to remove your foreskin.

Figures before a circumcision showing a) an exterior view and b) a cross section

Circumcisions are usually recommended only for the following medical reasons.

  • Tightening of the foreskin.
  • Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO), which is an uncommon condition where the foreskin becomes thickened and white, making it difficult to pull back.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Infections of the foreskin that keep coming back despite good hygiene and treatment with antibiotics.

Are there any alternatives to a circumcision?

If BXO is suspected, a circumcision is the only dependable way to cure the condition.

For other conditions, a dorsal slit operation or a preputioplasty may be recommended.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic but various anaesthetic techniques are possible. The operation usually takes about 30 minutes.

Your surgeon will remove the foreskin and seal off any small blood vessels. They will stitch the two edges of skin together.

What complications can happen?

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin

Specific complications of this operation

  • Not enough foreskin is removed
  • Too much foreskin is removed
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Developing an ulcer at the tip of your penis
  • Narrowing of the opening of your urethra
  • Damage to your urethra
  • Reduced pleasure from sex
  • Injury to the end of your penis

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after.

Your penis will usually look swollen and bruised, and may feel sore for the first week.

Do not have sex for 3 weeks.

You should be able to return to work after a week to 10 days.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Summary

A circumcision is an operation to remove the foreskin.

Disclaimer

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Treatment cost

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