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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 and can be done using a variety of anaesthetics. An anaethetist will discuss what method will be used before your surgery. 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 (cut) behind the head of your penis and remove the entire foreskin. In older patients the skin may be stitched using dissolvable stitches.

After 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
  • Circumcisions in babies and young children usually heal in 7-10 days
  • Children should avoid riding a bike or other sit-on toys until all swelling has disappeared
  • School aged children should be able to return to school in about 1 week
  • Teenagers and adults 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.
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
Switchboard 01926 679571
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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