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Reasons for Procedure
- Urinary tract infection
- Phimosis—tightening of the foreskin, which can be severe enough to close off the opening to the penis
- Penile cancer
- Cervical cancer in sexual partners
- Certain sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome—foreskin is cut too short or left too long
- Foreskin does not heal properly
- Decreased penile sensation
- Damage to the tip of the penis
- History of bleeding disorders in the family
- Chronic illness
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- If there is a bandage, follow your doctor's instructions on when to remove it. In general, replace the dressing after your child uses the bathroom for the first 36-48 hours after surgery.
- After the dressing has been removed, keep the penis clean with mild soap and water.
- Supportive underwear may keep your child more comfortable.
- If instructed, apply antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly to the area
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe for your child to bathe or soak in water.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- The penis or the area of the incision appears red, swollen, or is hot to the touch
- Incision or penis is oozing a yellowish discharge after 3-5 days—some discharge is normal in first few days
- Pain is not controlled by the medication your child has been given
- The head of the penis is blue or black
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Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.cps.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -