Many boys are born with a tight or excess foreskin. This can cause infections and pain / skin tears during sex. Circumcision is a procedure to remove this excess foreskin. It is done under general anaesthesia as a day surgery and takes 30 minutes. The excess foreskin is cut off and the edges stitched with sutures that subsequently dissolve. The stitches dissolve after a week. The carbon dioxide laser can also be used to remove the excess skin to help seal the blood vessels, but it is more costly and slower to do.

Complications include:

  • bleeding. If active, evacuation of the clots and re-stitching may be needed.
  • infection. This will cause added pain and delay wound healing. Hence, it is important to clean the wound daily with anti-septic solution, apply antibiotic cream and complete the course of antibiotics.

Desired outcomes:

  • not too much / too little foreskin removed
  • no active bleeding requiring re-stitching ( < 1% occurrence)
  • wound infection rate < 5%