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Why choose Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital for your circumcision procedure?

At Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital our urology experts have been leading the way for men's health treatment in Somerset for a number of years. Since opening in 1974, patients in the South West have been treated at our Taunton Hospital for a wide range of men's health treatments, including circumcision.

If you need a circumcision for medical or personal reasons, our expert urologists can provide you with the attention you need and deserve through a treatment plan tailored to you. Confidentiality, cleanliness and exemplary primary care are paramount at Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital, so you can rest assured that you're in the best hands possible for your circumcision treatment.

Our hospital is conveniently located on Staplegrove Road, with plenty of free parking available for patients and visitors.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital

Before proceeding with circumcision, all patients are required to undergo a full consultation with one of our urology consultants here at Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital. If you would like to book a consultation, please call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 01823 476894.

Alternatively, fill out a contact form below and we will get back to you at a more convenient time.

What is the foreskin?

The foreskin is the flap of skin that covers the head of your penis. This skin flap is usually loose enough to be pulled back over the top of the penis (the glans). The foreskin protects the head of your penis from damage.

Why do I need circumcision?

  • Repeated infections may have damaged your foreskin
  • You may find sexual intercourse painful because the foreskin is too tight
  • Phimosis - a condition where the foreskin is very tight and cannot be pulled back over the head of the penis. Forcing it back may cause damage and form a ring round the penis, cutting off some blood supply
  • Balanitis - an infection with swelling and redness of the foreskin.

What happens during circumcision?

  • Circumcision takes 30 to 60 minutes
  • It can be done using a variety of anaesthetics
  • An anaethetist will discuss what method will be used before your circumcision
  • The procedure is usually done as a day case meaning you can go home the day of your surgery
  • Your consultant will make an incision behind the head of your penis and remove the entire foreskin
  • In older patients the skin may be stitched using dissolvable stitches.

After your circumcision:

  • Take pain relief medication for the first few days following surgery
  • You may experience swelling and redness
  • Wear loose clothing
  • A bit of petroleum ointment applied to the exposed skin may help ease any irritation
  • Patients can take up to 4-6 weeks to heal. Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant
  • Adult patients will be given specific instructions about resuming sexual activity once the wound has healed
  • Most patients make a good recovery from circumcision. As with any procedure there could be complications such as pain. bleeding or infection.

Specific complications of circumcision may include:

  • Decrease sensitivity during sexual activity
  • Damage to the urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder)
  • Unsatisfactory appearance.
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