Complications and risk of circumcision

Serious complications of circumcision are very rare and easily manageable.


Bleeding or oozing

Swelling and Bruising


“Botched up” surgery


Bleeding or oozing – The expected blood loss during neonatal circumcision is just a few drops (easily handled with one 4 x 4 ” gauze pad), so bleeding that exceeds this expectation is a complication. Apply direct pressure to the site for 5 to 10 minutes and if it continued contact us. 

Swelling and bruising-Considerable swelling and bruising is quite normal and takes up to 2 weeks to resolve.


Pain- As with any medical procedure, localised pain during and for a short time after the procedure will likely occur. Local anaesthetic is mostly used and will discussed during the consultation. Oral painkillers can be administered for comfort after the circumcision for 24 to 48 hours. The pain is significantly reduced when the procedure is completed at the youngest possible age.


Infection- This is very rare to happens then you may require antibiotics if it occurs.


Buried or Concealed Penis-This happens if you have a significant amount of pubic fate or a small penis. You can prevent this by applying a very thin layer of petroleum jelly to the entire tip of penis twice a day for 2-3 weeks till the tip heals.A concealed penis is when the length of the penis shaft is no greater then its diameter of when penis in is retracted mostly due to a significant amount of pubic fat.  This is normal but can cause re adhesion of the remaining of the foreskin back to the glans (tip of the penis)
This is not a serious complication and usually can resolve with in few months if your son has similar penis please ask doctors about how to reduce chance of having a concealed penis.


The Plastic Circumcision Device is effective in minimizing all of these problems.  But has own very rare complication.

Retained ring of plasible: the plasible normally falls off on its own, occasionally the ring moves backward and gets retained.  If ring has not fallen off within two weeks (age depend) please make an appointment to see our doctors..