Painful erections, intercourse, and adult circumcision are common reasons to have one performed. But some hospitals refuse to dedicate an operating room for this procedure. This has meant that men have had two years to wait. The procedure is a big commitment and requires a month off work. Although the risks involved are low, they can be very unpleasant. They include infection, pain, and delayed delivery.


Before you visit the hospital to have an adult cincision, here are some things to remember. While you don’t have to be completely dressed, you should still lower your pants and lay down on the table. After that, you should not have any sexual activity for at minimum 6 weeks. The area may be inflamed, and you may experience pain during spontaneous menstruation. Check with your doctor if everything went according to plan.

Your penis will be numbed with a topical or cream anesthetic. The doctor will then use the clamp to remove any foreskin. The doctor will then apply petroleum jelly or antibiotic cream to the affected area and wrap it with gauze. Most people recover in one to two days. However, older boys and men may need to be placed to sleep during the procedure. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure.

Side effects

Although most Americans undergo circumcision as infants, this procedure is also possible for older children. However, patients should be aware about the side effects and risks of this procedure. The procedure is relatively simple and safe. However, many men experience anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder after the procedure. This can be reduced with corticosteroid cream. For these reasons, the procedure should be scheduled with your doctor. You should also discuss circumcision with your doctor if you have ever suffered from depression or mental illness.

The most common side effects of circumcision for adults are pain, bleeding, and infection. Poor cosmesis, tearing of stitches, and poor cosmesis are possible side effects of circumcision. Some patients may feel more sensitive to pain during intercourse. They may need to abstain from sexual activity for four to six months. These symptoms are usually mild and can be treated with antibiotics or topical anesthetics. In severe cases, patients may require parenteral antibiotics to cure the infection. The pain usually subsides on its own, although a doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for prevention.

Recovery time

Post-circumcision pain in adults tends to be minimal. A doctor might prescribe a mild painkiller to ease your discomfort. Or, you can go for an over-the-counter medication. After the surgery, you should wear comfortable, supportive underwear that holds your penis near your belly button. Sleeveless underwear is best as it can cause more swelling. Walking should be possible within a few weeks of surgery. However, your doctor will not allow you to begin strenuous exercise until you are cleared.

Post-circumcision healing time varies from person to person. Depending on the type of procedure, you may have to wait for up to six weeks before returning to normal activities. It may take longer for the scar to heal. Therefore, you should wait until you are fully healed before engaging in any sexual activity. After a circumcision, it is best to wait at least two to four weeks before driving. You should use a condom to protect yourself during this time.


The risks of circumcision for adults are low, but there are risks. Some complications may occur during the procedure such as bleeding and infection. Some patients may also experience increased sensitivity during intercourse due to infection. Infections are treated with antibiotics. However parenteral medication may still be necessary in some cases. A clot control technique, or an absorbable gelatin sponge product can be used to manage bleeding and clotting.

While there are few serious complications associated to pediatric circumcision, there have been many cases of mild and moderate complications reported in other age groups, especially in less sterile settings or by inexperienced providers. Despite the potential for complications, circumcision will likely continue to be a common medical procedure in the United States, both for cultural and medical reasons. It is also an effective strategy to prevent HIV transmission. To minimize the risk of complications, improvements in provider training and proper sterile equipment are essential.