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How long it will take to get recovery after a circumcision surgery? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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User:hi Doc
User:i have a query on circimsicion
Doctor:sure, please proceed
User:how long it will take to recover
Doctor:circumcision is a minimal surgery, and the time taken for the operated site will be less than a few days
Doctor:but you can get back to work the very next day, without any issues
User:i got operated on thursday my foreskin is out and it very sensitive
User:it will be normal in few days
Doctor:you mean the foreskin is sensitive or the head of the penis ?
Doctor:it is usual for the cut end of the skin, to be sensitive , due to the inflammation
User:head of penis
Doctor:that is because, normally in a uncircumcised man, the glans is covered by the foreskin
Doctor:but when circumcision is done, the sensitive penis head, is exposed, and hence you will feel it uncomfortable. but with time , the sensitivity will subside and you will adapt to it
User:how long it will take
Doctor:it can take a few days to upto 2 weeks the penis head is supplied by immense no of nerve endings
Doctor:hence thats the reason, it provides pleasure during sex. so when the penis head is exposed, any touch will stimulate the nerve endings, and you will feel sensitivity
Doctor:with circumcision, the nerve endings need time to adapt to the change and hence it needs time
User:what abt stech marks how long it will take to heal i am applying a aintment
Doctor:which location are u having them ?
User:around the penis
Doctor:did u have them before, or they have started recently ?
User:no when opertaed i thk thy stiched it
Doctor:im not sure, what exactly are you refering to usually there will be no stretch marks in circumcision , as the skin there is elastic
Doctor:in case, you are referrring to scar tissues, with surgery, they will reduce in about 2-3 weeks
User:doctor asked me to apply ointment
Doctor:and the skin appearance wil normalize
Doctor:which ointment is that ?
Doctor:thats a antibiotic to prevent infection you can apply it as long as directed
User:i cant drive bike for 2 weeks
Doctor:I understand, the time is needed to avoid stress on the operated site
User:one more thing it will not take more than 2 weeks right
Doctor:yes, not more than that
User:u want me to cover that part with cotton
Doctor:not needed
Doctor:instead, you can use a we gauze piece
Doctor:cotton will stick and cause removal painful
Doctor:using a wet gauze will be more better, and easy
User:what is gauze piece?
Doctor:this is available in pharmacies, it appears like netlon material
Doctor:but is made of cotton
User:ok after some time the penis head will be covered by my skin again
Doctor:it depends on whether it was a partial or complete foreskin removal in case it is partial, the part left will just cover as much as available in case it is complete, the glans penis will be left without any cover
Doctor:and there will be no growth of the skin, to cover it again
User:i think my penis head is completely out and and thy are strect marks below it round the penis .
Doctor:I hope you followed my suggestions
Doctor:it means it is a complete circumcision, and the marks are due to drying and lack of lubrication , rather than stretch
Doctor:you need not worry about that
User:u want me to take one week rest
Doctor:there is no need for rest
User:i cant were a pant
Doctor:you can do ur regular work as usual
Doctor:do u have any pain ?
Doctor:any discharge ?
User:not really
User:but if anything touches the foreskin
User:it is bit incomfortable
Doctor:in that case, you can put a wet cotton gauze over the penis, and then wear a small shorts
Doctor:in case that is not possible you can take , a few days off
Doctor:you can ask your doctor , to prescrbe you NSAID medications, which will help in better healing and pain relief
User:i will see the doc agaoin on tuesday
Doctor:by that time, the healing may be complete and you will feel better
Doctor:You are very welcome
User:one more thing doc
User:once the healing is one
Doctor:Are u there ?
User:i think these are stech marks only doc
Doctor:stretch marks , do not appear within 2-3 days after surgery
Doctor:they occur , only when tissue has expanded
Doctor:in your case, there was no procedure done with tissue expansion, so it is less likely that those marks arose in the last 2 days
Doctor:in case, those are stretch marks indeed, then they could be very old, and were not noticeable early, due to the presence of the foreskin
Doctor:there are no creams, that can be applied to the penis, to remove the stretch marks, formed long back
User:i think doc has done some stretch
Doctor:you need not worry about them
Doctor:they will not affect the functioning of your penis
User:after 2 weeks everything will be normal
Doctor:and with time and healing, the concerned marks may subside altogether
Doctor:Is there anything else , that you need help with ?
User:after 2 weeks i can have sex
Doctor:yes, you can
Doctor:you are welcome
Doctor:take care and have a good night
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