Circumcision Post-Operative Instructions

What to Expect

  • Slight redness, swelling, and scant drainage along the incision.
  • Mild to moderate discomfort.
  • Bruising as the tissue heals.
  • Mild burning with urination, frequency, and/or urgency.
  • Low-grade fever.
  • Mild nausea and vomiting secondary to anesthesia.


  • No sexual intercourse until cleared by physician.
  • Check with physician regarding specific work instruction.

Wound Care

  • Remove gauze in 48 hours; if gauze falls off earlier, then just leave it off.
  • Shower only after 48 hours; tub baths or submersion in water okay after two weeks.
  • Wash incision with soap and water.
  • Use ice pack for the first 48 hours as needed.
  • Apply Neosporin antibiotic ointment to tip of penis twice a day. Once gauze is removed, apply directly to suture line.

Diet and Elimination

  • Diet as tolerated.
  • Increase water intake to keep urine clear.
  • Avoid straining with bowel movements.

Call our Office if:

  • Increasing pain and swelling
  • Fever greater than 101.5 F
  • Difficulty voiding.
  • Severe nausea and vomiting.

West Coast Urology
Lawrence R. Paletz, MD
Ernest H. Agatstein, MD FACS
Shahrad Aynehchi, MD FACS
Sepehr Nowfar, MD, MPH

Inglewood (310) 673-3333     Downey (562) 923-0706     Los Alamitos (562) 449-4183