Recovery tips for patients who have undergone adult circumcision

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Circumcision in males is carried out for many reasons. Some of the benefits of circumcision include reducing the risk of contracting HIV, dealing with medical conditions such as tight foreskin, and preventing cancer of the penis. In most cases, circumcision is carried out in males when they're quite young (often within a few weeks after childbirth). This makes the recovery process easier for the child.

However, males of most ages are still able to undergo circumcision. If you end up being circumcised as an adult, you will often undergo a recovery period of a few weeks to enable the penis to heal from the procedure. A doctor will typically cut out the foreskin that covers the head of the penis and stitch the edges of the remaining skin to hold it in place. There are several tips you can follow to ensure a smooth recovery after circumcision.

Recommended activities

After the surgery, you should make sure you get plenty of rest. Sleep for a recommended 8 hours a day and avoid heavy activities for at least the first month following the surgery. This includes avoiding weight lifting, jogging, or cycling during this time.

It is a good idea to walk a little everyday. Walking facilitates blood flow to the wound and promotes a quicker recovery. Once the bandage is off, you can softly pat the incision when taking a bath to clean it from germs and dirt.

Clothing recommendations 

It is important to wear inner clothes that will keep the penis straight in order to reduce the swelling. The swelling may take a few days or up to 4 weeks to go down. You can further reduce the swelling by using ice packs on the groin area for 10- to 20-minute periods several times a day. You should wear briefs that either provide a snug fit around the penis area or a loose fit for comfort and space. A full recovery from circumcision typically takes about 4 weeks in most adults.

Food tips

Healthy foods are an excellent way of facilitating a quick recovery. In most cases, keeping your regular diet will not negatively affect the wounded area. However, eating proteins, low-fat foods, and carbs can help you remain energised and heal faster.


You will probably be prescribed with pain medications to help manage the swelling and discomfort. Make sure you take the medicines as prescribed. If there are other medicines you were taking before (such as blood thinners), inform your doctor so they can advise on when it will be suitable to restart these medications.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Circumcision Academy of Australia.