prepare for circumcision
September 6, 2022

How to Better Prepare Physically and Psychologically for Circoncision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves removing a small part of the skin covering the foreskin of the penis. This operation is done under anesthesia and usually lasts only a few minutes. For infants up to 6 months of age, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. After this age, a circumcision in Montreal can be performed under local or general anesthesia.

According to doctors, circumcision of all boys is unjustified. However, some parents continue to demand that their sons be circumcised, often for religious or cultural reasons, and sometimes because the father circumcised himself.

How to prepare?

No special preparation is required before the procedure. Shaving is optional. Although the surgery takes about 30 minutes, you should be on site between 45 minutes and 1 hour. You may wish to be accompanied, but it is not mandatory. Please arrive on time for your appointment. All anticoagulants (anticoagulants) must be discontinued before surgery, as recommended by your urologist and also please note all your allergies.

How to reassure your older child before a circumcision?

If your child is going to be circumcised for medical reasons, it is important to explain the procedure. Children often worry about pain and feeling uncomfortable when they are touched on their penis. It is therefore very important to prepare your child a few days before surgery:
– Take the time to explain what circumcision is and why it is needed.
– Reassure him that he will not feel anything during the operation as the circumcision will be done under anesthesia.
– Also let them know that they can take pain medication after surgery and that they may need to avoid certain activities in the days following surgery. In general, the recovery time is 7 to 10 days.

On the morning of the intervention:

– Children must eat in the morning before going into surgery – there is no need to fast and they will not be able to eat when they arrive at the office.
– Bathe your child with ordinary soap (shower gel).
– Give DOLIPRANE to the child (for infants under 3 months, do not give Doliprane).
– For children under one, you can buy PACIDOL lollipops in a pharmacy, not mandatory but recommended. It is a lollipop that contains a dose of glucose and has an analgesic effect on babies.
– Or, for babies without a pacifier, an ALGOPEDOL suction cup can be stuck directly on the baby’s tongue.

What about care after a circumcision?

There is no special post-operative care to take: the dressing is put in place by the hospital team or the doctor, usually the next day it falls off on its own in the bath or shower. There is no need to redo or disinfect the wound.
If necessary, your child can take medication to relieve any pain or reduce fever. If you are circumcised in the hospital, the medical team will prescribe all medication needed.
Hot showers are also an excellent analgesic that your child can take up to three times a day if necessary to calm the pain.
During the entire healing period (one to two weeks), it is best to wear loose fitting clothes that are comfortable and not too tight. During the next few weeks, you should also monitor the child’s activities.

For Adults:

Response Readiness

The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia. As with any surgery, a preoperative anesthesia consultation is required a few days before the operation in case of general or local anesthesia.

Surgical Technique

The procedure includes circumcision, leaving the glans uncovered, more or less completely. Absorbable stitches are put in place and the foreskin is usually cut and sutured during the procedure.

Usual Suites

Any pain in the surgical area is usually minimal and temporary and is relieved by painkillers. It can persist for several days causing discomfort in the glans.
Healing requires 2-4 weeks:
-Local care is prescribed over several days.
-In principle, sutures fall spontaneously within an average of 2-3 weeks.
-The Surgeon specifies a timeline for when baths and sexual activities can resume.