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How is circumcision performed?

The patient is placed under a local or general anaesthetic. Usually, if it is performed in the first few days of life, a local anaesthetic is used. If it is performed later, usually after 6 months of age, a general anaesthetic is used. The doctor separates the foreskin from the penis and cuts away the foreskin. After the foreskin is removed, the doctor will dress the wound. Infant circumcision takes about 10 to 15 minutes, while adult circumcision may take up to an hour. In the days after the procedure is completed, the penis is washed, cleaned and lubricated until the incision site heals completely. Healing usually takes up to a week.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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