Adult Circumcision: Recovery Expectations

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Adult Circumcision Recovery Expectation


Before we get into circumcision recovery. Let’s understand that – Adult circumcision consists of a physician surgically removing the skin that covers the foreskin, or the skin that covers the head of the penis. The doctor “pushes” the foreskin down the head of the penis, and then trims it off. They then sew down the edges using small, dissolvable stitches, and the procedure is complete. 

This is one of the shortest surgical procedures in existence, and most men are free to go home the same day. The physician may have employed any one of several techniques The circumcision recovery and healing time is similar unless the ZSR Stapler was used, which has an easier, faster circumcision recovery time.

Traditional Adult Male Circumcision Recovery

For the first few days following the circumcision, the penis may be bruised, swollen, and painful. This is the normal expectation, and it should not be extremely painful. Over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen should alleviate these symptoms.

Picture of men holding groin in a blog about circumcision recovery

You will have a dressing over the surgical area or one that covers the entire penis. The physician will instruct you on when to remove the dressing. You should wear underwear you are comfortable in, but that is form-fitting enough to hold the entire penis upright. This will expedite circumcision recovery time by helping minimize swelling.

Caring for Yourself at Home

  • Get adequate rest as this expedites recovery.
  • Cover your groin with a cloth, and apply an ice-pack every 2 to 3 hours for 20 minutes at a time for the first day.
  • Position your penis so that it is upright in your underwear to elevate it.
  • Try to walk each day, and increase the amount by small increments daily.
  • Remove any dressing after the doctor gives the okay. Soak in a warm bath to help ease the bandage off.
  • Shower or take a short bath after the bandage has been removed.
  • Be sure to attend any follow-up appointments, and keep your doctor and nurse’s number available for use.
  • Keep a list of all medications you take.
  • Call your doctor or nurse’s lines with any issues or questions.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid strenuous activities such as bicycling, running, aerobics, weight lifting for four weeks, or until your physician gives you approval.
  • Do not masturbate or have intercourse for six weeks. Erections are normal and to be left alone.
  • Do not stimulate the penis.

Follow-up care is an essential part of your recovery. Making sure to keep those appointments is important, but it also important to know to call for 911 help should any of these situations arise:

  • You pass out (lose consciousness).
  • Have trouble breathing, cough up blood or are short of breath.

Should any of the following instances arise, it is important to seek immediate advice from your doctor:

  • You have pain that is not relieved after taking pain medication.
  • You have loose stitches or your incision comes open.
  • The bandage soaks through with bright red blood.
  • Pus drains from the area.
  • You begin to run a fever.
  • You cannot urinate.
You have the symptoms of a urinary tract infection which include:
    1. Pain or burning when you urinate.
    2. Urinary frequency without passing much urine.
    3. Pain in the flank which is just below the ribcage, but above the waist, on either side of the body.
    4. Blood in your urine.
    5. A fever.


  • You can return to a regular diet unless you are dealing with an upset stomach, then stick to blander, easily digestible foods such as toast, rice, yogurt or chicken.
  • Drink plenty of fluids unless your doctor orders otherwise.

Please read Types Of Food To Avoid After Circumcision for more information.


Your doctor might send you home with prescription medications, and they will provide information about the instructions. Take these medications exactly as instructed.

If you were taking aspirin or a blood thinner prior to the surgery, your doctor will instruct you on in if and when you are to restart the medication.

Take pain medication exactly as prescribed.

If you are not taking prescription pain medication, consult with your doctor regarding over the counter medications.

Do not take two or more pain medications at once unless instructed to by your doctor. Many pain medications contain acetaminophen, which can be harmful to your liver.

If your doctor prescribed an antibiotic, do not stop taking it even if you feel better. It is imperative to finish the entire course prescribed to ensure the infection is cleared or prevented.

If you feel like your prescribed pain medication is making you sick to your stomach, either take your medication with a small meal or ask for another type of pain medication.

ZSR Circumcision and Recovery

Although various techniques have been used to achieve successful circumcisions, it is advisable to choose the best there is and currently, it gets no better than ZSR Stapler Circumcision Device. The tool is the third-generation and latest male circumcision technique, offering machine reliability, precision, and ease of use. ZSR measures the precise size of the foreskin that can be removed safely and helps the doctor achieve accuracy during the process. It also involves advanced techniques and products for bleeding control and healing.

When compared with the above methods requiring stitches, the ZSR stapler method is much more efficient.

  • Shorter surgical time
  • Higher patient satisfaction levels with the penile appearance
  • Lower operative pain
  • Lower operative blood loss
  • Lower post-operative blood loss

Post-operative instructions are more relaxed, with all activities aside from strenuous exercise allowed to resume. The staples are covered with an elastic bandage that can be loosened and adjusted up to three hours after the operation. After three days, the patient is able to change the dressing and disinfect the area with iodine. After a week, showering is permitted with the instructions to keep the wound area dry and disinfect with iodine. The area does not need to be wrapped, but if the glans area is too sensitive, you may cover it with gauze. Strenuous exercise is prohibited for one month, and sexual activity is prohibited for 50 days post-operatively.

The suturing begin to fall off automatically one week after the procedure, and most will fall off within 10 to 15 days after the operation. It is uncommon for the staples to stay in until four weeks.

Given not only easier surgery but easier recovery, the ZSR stapler method is going to dominate the urological specialty of circumcision. Look for this option to become available for infant circumcision, and also look for it as a choice for reconstructive surgery, or just to get circumcised later in life. Adult circumcision is a very important and life-changing decision to make, and having more options ensures that it is easier and more accessible to those wanting to get circumcized.

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