Adult circumcision surgery is the procedure in which foreskin is removed from the penis. It is usually done during the first year after an infant is born but you can get the surgery as an adult as well. The surgery involves clipping the excess skin off the head of the penis and stitching the wound back together using stitches that dissolve with time. The surgery requires proper preparation and we want to make sure you are ready for it. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of circumcision and what you can do to prepare for it.
So, without further ado, let’s begin.
How to Prepare For Adult Circumcision Surgery:
Circumcision surgery for adults is not to be taken lightly. We urge you to do your research before you select a clinic for it. Circumcision is important because it greatly reduces the risk of some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Offers protection against penile cancer and also lowers the risk of cervical cancer in female partners. Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans), phimosis (inability to retract foreskin) and paraphimosis (inability to return the foreskin to its original position) among others are the benefits of getting circumcision surgery. Here’s how to prepare for it:
Inform the doctor about your medication:
If you have been taking any medication or natural supplements before the surgery, it is important to let your doctor know as they can better judge what approach to take. Some medicine can interfere with anaesthesia or increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. It is important to understand what your doctor wants you to do. There might be some medicine that you are supposed to stop taking a week in advance of the surgery, for example blood thinners.
Avoid Eating or Drinking:
You are normally advised to stop eating and drinking 6 hours before the surgery but this time can vary from patient to patient. This only applies for people who are to be administered general anaesthesia, not local anaesthesia.
Shave Your Pubic Area:
Your doctor usually asks you to shave your pubic area before the surgery as it helps keep things clean and hygienic. It also gives a clear view of the incision point and allows the surgery to proceed without complications. Some people prefer wearing loose underwear after the surgery as it doesn’t irritate the area. However, others like wearing tight underwear as it helps with support.
It is highly recommended that you get your surgery from a reliable and trustworthy clinic like Circumcision Center. Their years of experience and expertise can give you the best possible experience.
Arrange for a Driver:
Before you go in, arrange for a driver to drive you back home. You are not advised to drive yourself home after the surgery due to the cumulative effect of the medication along with the procedure itself. Besides, it is not advised to drive yourself after any anaesthetic, local or general.
It is advised to stop drinking alcohol at least 48 hours before the surgery as it can complicate the process. Alcohol prevents anaesthesia from taking full effect and you may not be able to go fully under if you are under the influence.
Arrange For Time Off Work:
Recovery is a big part of circumcision surgery much like any other medical procedure. You are required to take at least a week off for proper aftercare. You can notify beforetime especially if your work requires manual labor. If you feel embarrassed telling them about it, you can simply say it’s a minor surgery. But it is important to take this time off for proper post-operative care.
That concludes the list of all the things you should do before going for adult circumcision surgery. It is a big decision and we want you to be prepared to your fullest before you go in. If you made it to the end of this article, we believe you are more than ready to take it on with no issues whatsoever!
For further information, please visit the FAQs section below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does it take?
The entire procedure takes only 20 minutes to complete. If it’s a bris, it should take even less time. Knowing that it does not take long helps you prepare for it better.
How do adults sleep after circumcision?
You are advised to empty your bladder to avoid unnecessary erections during the night as they can pull on the stitching. You can also sleep on your side in a fetal position to avoid erections and to protect the area.
What to eat after surgery?
After the surgery you can start eating light foods like sandwiches, soup and jelly. For liquids, it is advised that you take water or clear liquids. Nothing heavy and definitely not alcohol.