What is a circumcision?

A circumcision is an operation to remove your foreskin.

Circumcisions are usually recommended for medical reasons, such as tightening of the foreskin (phimosis), balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO), pain during sex and infections that keep coming back.

Circumcision

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Figure 1

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. 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 (see figure 1).

What complications can happen?

1 General complications

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

2 Specific complications

  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Developing an ulcer at the tip of your penis
  • Narrowing of the opening of your urethra
  • Not enough foreskin is removed
  • Too much foreskin is removed
  • 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.

To start with, rest and wear loose underwear. Do not have sex for three weeks.

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.


Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Shailinder Singh DM FRCS (Paed. Surg.), Mr Gregor Knepil FRCS (Ed.) and Mr Jonathan Sutcliffe FRCS

Illustrations: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com


Issue date
2017-03-01
Expire date
2018-02-28

Circumcision - how long does it take?

Expected length of hospital stay

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Circumcision - fixed prices

Private Circumcision treatment prices.


Option In London Outside London Under 16's
£1800.00 £1610.00 £1950.00

Circumcision - where does it take place?

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Circumcision - consultants

Consultants offering Urology treatments

Some of the country's top consultants choose to practice in our World-Class Private Hospitals and private units. See below for the consultants available for this procedure.

Only Mr Bruce Okoye performs the paediatric procedure at The Portland Hospital.


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