Procedures for circumcision
It is quite common for an obstetrician (or pediatrician) to perform a circumcision after a child has been born. Some people choose this procedure to avoid the possibility of STIs or for religious or cultural reasons. Depending on the circumstances, a doctor may ask someone else to perform the circumcision after the child is at home. A consent form is required before the procedure. Patients should not eat for at least six hours before the operation. A medical team is present during the procedure. They will have the opportunity to ask questions and understand the procedure better.
Around 60% of circumcisions in the United States are performed on babies. If the foreskin is too tight or too tight to pull back on the penis, circumcision can still be performed. In these cases, the penis might feel painful or make it difficult to pass urine. Balanitis can also cause the foreskin and skin to become inflamed, making it difficult to return to its original position. In these cases, the penis could become swollen or have restricted blood flow.
Complications of circumcision
If your baby was born prematurely, or if you have a penis problem, you might need to wait 10 days before you circumcise them. Most circumcised babies are awake, so the procedure won’t require an overnight stay. You will need to stop eating for six hours prior to your appointment. A physician will then clean and inject an anesthetic to the base of your penis. The area will also be treated with a cream. The doctor will usually prescribe pain medication and acetaminophen for the relief of discomfort.
The most common complications are bleeding. It is normal for newborns lose a few drops of their blood, but any blood that exceeds this amount will be considered a complication. To stop bleeding, you can apply pressure directly to the area. Gelfoam(r), wraps may be used to promote clotting. Surgical wound infection is rare. It is usually relatively painless and quick.
Recovery after an adult circumcision
Your body will react differently to pain after an adult circumcision. The first few days will bring you some discomfort as your foreskin becomes pulled back. There may be a yellow-whitish or brownish tint to the skin. This is normal and will disappear after one week. The yellow-whitish film is not pus and does not indicate any infection. For a few days, you may have a yellowish-colored bandage around your penis. This tape will fall off on its own or may be removed by moistening it.
While most men don’t need to be away from work for a week, it can be beneficial to avoid heavy lifting, or jobs that require sitting. After the first week you can return to your office or go to the gym. It is also recommended to avoid standing for prolonged periods of time or taking on major obligations. If you do need to stand, it is best not to schedule the circumcision before any major events.
Precautions for premature baby’s circumcision
There are a few precautions for a premature baby’s first circumcision after 10 days. Warm, soapy water should be used to clean the area around the penis. Petroleum jelly can be used to treat the area. The baby’s penis should also be cleaned with warm, soapy water after each diaper change. The bandage should be removed after 48 hours.
Most people are anesthetized for the procedure. However, some babies may experience an allergic reaction. The procedure can be delayed or postponed if the baby is unwell or premature. Further, the procedure can cause problems with the foreskin, including problematic circumcision scars. If reattachment becomes necessary, the child might be in pain and may require additional surgery.