There are a number of reasons why an individual might undergo a circumcision. The medical reasons can including the problem of a tight foreskin, known as Phimosis, recurrent balanitis, paraphimosis as well as many other medical conditions. In most cases, circumcision is carried out as a result of Phimosis.
In general, circumcision is carried out on a day patient basis. This means that you will be admitted, received the surgery and have the opportunity to return home the very same day. Six hours prior to surgery, patients are asked to refrain from drinking or eating, especially if general anaesthetic is being administered. Once patients arrive at the clinic, they will be taken care of by members of the medical team who will be carrying out the procedure. Along with this, they will also discuss the procedure with the surgeon and the anaesthetist. At this point, it is a great opportunity for patients to discuss concerns and ask any questions that they may have.
Once the procedure has been completed, patients will still be cared for until they are discharged. Prior to being discharged, patients will be given information about their recovery at home including information about driving, returning to work and sex. On average, the recovery period last for around ten days, although it is recommended that you take a week off work to recover.
Unlike many other types of procedures, there is no requirement to inform the DVLA if you have had a routine circumcision and you do not have any other medical conditions that can have an impact on your ability to drive.
It is down to the responsibility of the patient to determine whether they are fit to drive while they should also refrain from having sexual intercourse for a minimum of four weeks after the operation.
For three the four days after the operation, patients are likely to feel some sort of discomfort and swelling around the head of the penis. However, you will be given painkillers to help ease the pain.