After the procedure, most adult patients report feeling some pain and discomfort afterward, but most of these side effects are mild. Some people may be able go back to their normal activities immediately. Some may experience redness, swelling or tenderness around the area of the procedure. Adult circumcisions may require that patients take a week off from work or refrain from strenuous activity. A doctor can recommend antibiotics to prevent infection, which is usually the result of the surgery.
A hospital performs circumcision surgery on a newborn. The procedure is usually quick and requires parents’ consent. The child’s physician will explain all aspects of the procedure, including the risks and how they will affect their health. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. However, in some cases, the surgeon may use general anesthetic. A surgeon will cut the foreskin using a scalpel. The stitches will dissolve and the skin will be reattached to the body.