“I have been performing circumcision for men for many years now,” says Dr Taufiq, resident doctor, DTAP (Dr. Tan & Partners) clinic.
One of the common fears that is stopping or holding them back from going through the procedure is the fear of pain or complications during the recovery process. Let me reassure you with our current method, having complications or pain is much less than before. However, I have compiled a list of tips to help you to optimize your recovery based on my experience and my patients’ feedback.
1. Have adequate rest
Especially during the first few days up to a week after the procedure, it is best to have adequate rest to allow your body to focus on healing. I will usually provide medical leave for up to a week to ensure that you have adequate rest at home.
2. Avoid strenuous activities
I know some men may get restless or feel uncomfortable with lack of physical activity especially when they are used to exercising regularly. However, this is important as well to help with recovery and avoid complications like bleeding or swelling. I had a few patients who started brisk walking within a few days of procedure and ended up with swelling around the wound area. It is advised to avoid strenuous activity for 4 weeks. Normal day to day walking is allowed so don’t have to worry about this procedure affecting your daily activities.
3. Keep it clean
After the procedure, with the ring still intact, you are allowed to shower as per normal. To keep the wound area clean, you just need to let the soap and water from your body to run down to the area. No need to specifically rub, apply soap and it. If there is an obvious liquid or residue on it you can wash it off with water. By keeping the area clean it helps to allow the wound to heal faster.
4. Keep it dry
After cleaning, the ring tends to retain water or moisture. It is advised to dry it properly before putting on your clothes. You can use a soft towel to dab dry or a hairdryer using normal temperature to dry the area. If the wound stays we may promote infection or increase serous discharge production. So make sure it is dry before you put on your pants.
5. Antibiotic powder
After the procedure, you will be prescribed antibiotic powder. This is very helpful to keep the wound dry and also prevent infection. Apply at least once to twice a day.
6. Sleep on your side
One of the common causes of discomfort after circumcision is erection. For men, erections occur naturally at night or early morning. So this sometimes causes discomfort. Sleeping on your side may help to reduce the frequency of erections at night while you’re sleeping thus minimizing discomfort.
7. Ice pack
Another effective way to minimize erections is by applying ice pack. You can standby an ice pack or a pack of frozen peas by your bedside. If in the case of an erection that is causing pain, you can apply the ice pack on your scrotum. The cold will help to reduce your erection.
Take as soon as you start to feel discomfort.
For more information: HOW IS THE ADULT CIRCUMCISION (FORESKIN REMOVAL) PROCEDURE DONE?
Speak to your doctor if you have any questions regarding circumcision.