Circumcision, Adult

Care After

These instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Any bandages (dressings) should stay on for at least 2 days. Ask your doctor when to take the bandage off.

  • Carefully remove the bandage if it gets dirty. Apply medicated cream to the surgical cut (incision). Carefully put a new bandage on.

  • Do not have sex until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Do not get your wound wet for 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • You may take a sponge bath. Clean around the surgical cut gently with mild soap and water.

  • You may take a shower after 2 days or as told by your doctor. Do not take a tub bath. After you shower, gently pat your surgical cut dry. Do not rub it.

  • Avoid heavy lifting.

  • Avoid contact sports, biking, or swimming until you have healed.


  • You develop a fever of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • You cannot pee (urinate).

  • You have pain when you pee.

  • Your pain is not helped by medicines.

  • There is more redness or puffiness (swelling) than expected.

  • There is yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from your wound.

  • You have bleeding that does not stop when you press on it.

  • You are not healing as fast as you should be.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.