Circumcision – The Procedure Postoperative Care

Postoperative Care

While many physicians use no dressing at all following adult circumcision, either petroleum jelly and sterile gauze or Xeroform petrolatum gauze can be wrapped circumferentially around the sutured area, followed by sterile gauze and lightly wrapped with self-adherent stretch gauze (Cobain). The dressing should be removed 24 to 48 hours after surgery, after making sure that there is no bleeding or oozing. At this point, no further dressing is necessary, and the patient should be instructed to wear loose-fitting briefs. The patient should also be advised to gently wash the wound daily for the next five to seven days; after that, he may shower regularly. Intercourse and masturbation should be avoided for four to six weeks after the procedure to prevent breakdown of the wound. One ampule of inhaled amyl nitrate can be used as abortive therapy for erections that occur during the recovery period.

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