Risks and complications : A guide to Circumcision

Surgery is safe but no procedure is 100% risk-free. Complications are rare but they do happen and it is as well to be aware of these.

These include:

  • Bleeding
  • The penis is still swollen after two weeks following surgery
  • It is difficult to pass urine following surgery even after a few days.
  • Decreased sensation in the penis especially during sexual intercourse.
  • Damage to the urethra which causes it to narrow and impede the flow of urine.
  • Septicaemia (blood infection)
  • Too much or too little removal of the foreskin
  • Abnormal scar tissue which may need further surgery to correct.

Infection, bleeding and adverse effects of general anaesthesia can occur in any surgical procedure.

The risks of circumcision will be discussed with you by the surgeon during the consultation.

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