What is a circumcision?

A circumcision is a minor surgical procedure where the foreskin or prepuce is removed from the glans penis. It can be performed with surgical excision techniques or with circumcision devices. Circumcisions can be performed on men of all ages.

Why would your urologist recommend a circumcision?

Common indications for male circumcision include

  • Phymosis or irretractable foreskin
  • Infections
    • Urinary tract infections in boys
    • Balanitis (infection of glans penis)
  • Inflammatory conditions of the foreskin
  • Prevention of HIV and Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Cultural or Religious reasons

How is a surgical circumcision performed?

The procedure is performed under general or local anaesthetic, and is usually done as a daycase. The foreskin is excised, and the remaining skin sutured around the glans. A cuff of excess skin will often remain at the base of the penis.

What to expect after a circumcision?

Recovery is usually quick, with minor discomfort controlled with oral analgesics.

Sutures are usually dissolvable, and will fall out within 2 weeks. Local wound care / topical agents prescribed as per individual surgeons` protocols.

No sexual intercourse is recommended for at least 6 weeks after the procedure.

Potential complications


  • May occur at the suture sites
  • Consult your urologist should bleeding persist


  • Signs of infection include redness, swelling, worsening pain etc
  • Consult you urologist should signs occur
  • May require oral / intravenous antibiotics


  • Usually controlled with oral analgesics