Your operation was performed in an attempt to prevent recurrent infection, irritation of the foreskin, or urinary tract infections.
General Post-Operative Instructions for Circumcision
- Your child may shower 48 hours after the surgery once the bandages have been removed. Your sutures will dissolve over time and do not need to be removed. Pat dry your area of incision, rather than rubbing it.
- You may swim or take a tub bath 1-week after surgery.
- Do not lift greater than 10 pounds for 2-weeks.
- Your child should be able to resume exercise and full un-restricted activity 2-weeks following the surgery. If discomfort returns then reduce activity, take it easy, and more gradually resume activities.
- Expect some spotting or bleeding from your incision for the next 1-week, if it progressively worsens then please call your physician.
- If your child experiences fever or chills, take a temperature during the episode with an oral thermometer, if it is greater than 100.8 F, then please call your physician.
- If you notice pus coming from any wound, please call your physician.
- In case of an emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room for evaluation.
Specific Post-Operative Instructions for Circumcision
- Wear light fitting clothing (such as diapers, boxers, gym shorts, or sweat pants) for the next two weeks or until the suture material dissolves. This will decrease your discomfort with activity.
- It may soothe the pain if you use Bacitracin ointment (over the counter preparation found at any local pharmacy) on the incision 3-times per day.
Please call the office to schedule a wound check approximately 7-10 days after the surgery.