Is adult circumcision usually safe?

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.

Adult circumcision is generally a same-day procedure performed at an outpatient surgery center by a urologist. Although the procedure is typically performed on newborn boys, many males undergo circumcision as adults for aesthetic, cultural, hygienic, or medical reasons.

For those who develop genital warts, balanoposthitis, phimosis, or penile cancer, adult circumcision is a safe and effective treatment option. Adult circumcision is usually performed in the outpatient setting by urologists. Healing after circumcision can potentially be complicated by nocturnal erections, which put pressure on the incision and can cause bleeding - this is usually self-limiting, but can create swelling and bruising. Diabetics have a greater risk of postoperative infection, which is generally a low risk after this surgery.

Call your doctor if any of the following symptoms develop:

  • Increased pain
  • Difficult urination
  • Bleeding
  • Signs of infection, including fever, redness, and inflammation

Other possible complications of adult circumcision

  • 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/