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Is adult circumcision usually safe?

Adult circumcision is usually a simple and safe procedure.

Circumcision is an optional surgical procedure, performed to remove the layer of skin - called prepuce or foreskin - that covers the head of the penis. Adult circumcision is typically a simple procedure, however, it’s a larger surgery than it is the circumcision performed on newborn babies. For most patients, the procedure will not have a lasting impact on urinating or sexual function.

The possible complications of adult circumcision

Adult circumcision typically is a safe intervention with very few risks or complications. Consult your doctor, to make a plan that is comfortable and suitable for you. The most common risks associated with adult circumcision include:

  • Bleeding - around the incision for a few hours, sometimes for days after the procedure.
  • Infection at the site of the incision - which may prolong recovery.
  • Reactions to anesthesia - nausea, vomiting, and headache.
  • Foreskin issues - the skin trimmed too short or left too long, both with the risk of additional complications.
  • Wound complications, ulceration - when the incision and stitches are not healing properly.
  • Reattachment - when the foreskin reattaches to the penis improperly, requiring more surgery.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/