- Recent circumcision (removal of the male foreskin)
- Mainly circumcision of newborns
Normal Circumcision Healing
- A circumcision is the removal of most of the male foreskin.
- The incision starts off red and tender. The tenderness should be much less by day 3.
- The scab at the incision line comes off in 7 to 10 days.
- If a Plastibell (plastic ring) was used, it should fall off by 14 days. 10 days is the average. While it can't fall off too early, pulling it off can cause bleeding.
Complications of Circumcision
- Wound Infection (Serious). This is the most common complication. It occurs in less than 1 out of 200 circumcised boys. The main finding is spreading redness up the shaft of the penis.
- Bleeding (Serious). Normal bleeding from the incision site should be a few drops. More than that suggests a bleeding problem. Very rare.
- Urine Retention (Serious). Can't pass urine or just dribbles urine. Defined as no urine in 8 hours. Very rare.