Questions we are often asked about teenage circumcision:
Is circumcision painful for teenagers?
Do teenagers feel more pain during circumcision?
How long after circumcision will teenagers be in pain?
These are some of the most common questions that we get asked from teenagers and their parents before a circumcision procedure. In this article, we take a look at how painful circumcision is for teenagers and related questions to help you and your son better understand the process which will help you prepare for the procedure.
Is circumcision painful for teenagers? Let’s take a look at this in more detail…
Before a teenager has a circumcision we recommend a consultation, this can be done on the same day as the procedure. We find the consultation is really important to ensure your son will be ok during the surgery and after the surgery. Circumcision is a medical procedure and there will be a recovery period that can last up to 6 weeks. To reduce pain during the recovery period the patient will need to avoid contact sports for six weeks along with no swimming for 2 weeks.
Take your circumcision recovery time seriously to reduce pain and discomfort
We are all individuals and have different daily routines, meaning that the recovery time after circumcision may vary. If you’re not so much of the active type and spend more time in front of a computer then you may recover quickly from circumcision and experience less pain. If however, you’re an active person and you don’t rest as much, you may experience more discomfort and pain during the recovery time.
When is the best time for teenagers to get circumcised so they have time to recover?
At Gentle Procedures Clinic Queensland, we use a local anaesthetic which is given before the procedure is carried out. The Pollock Technique for circumcision is known to be virtually painless, however, the patient may feel some discomfort which is perfectly normal. Circumcision is a medical procedure and as such, patients may experience some level of pain but on the whole, most patients barely feel the procedure.
To allow your body the best chance of a quick and pain-free recovery, we highly recommend teenagers have the procedure during school holidays as this allows for the recovery and aftercare to be done at home.
If you’re having a circumcision procedure due to a medical condition such as Phimosis or Balanitis we recommend you book him as soon as possible. Medical reasons such as Phimosis can develop scarring which can result in a longer recovery period and may have some pain whilst healing, this can be managed with the pain protocols we have in place.
How painful is circumcision for teenagers?
The answer will vary from patient to patient as we’re all individuals with unique bodies and personal circumstances. The procedure itself will be relatively pain-free but during the recovery stages, teenagers may experience some breakthrough pain.
Experiencing some discomfort after the circumcision procedure is normal
Teenage patients will be more likely to feel some pain or discomfort after the surgery but this can be managed by following our aftercare and pain relief instructions.
How long does circumcision pain last for teenagers?
Pain after circumcision for teenage boys can vary depending on the healing process. Most teenagers will be able to return to school or studies after one week. Patients may feel some discomfort while the skin heals which could be a few weeks depending on how strictly you follow the recommended aftercare instructions. It is recommended that you do not do any activity that puts pressure on your penis or scrotum for at least two weeks and you should avoid contact sports for at least six to eight weeks. Boys, this means you’ll also need to avoid sexual intercourse and masturbation until you’re fully recovered.
Is there such a thing as pain-free circumcision?
Ok so this is a topic that comes up a lot, however, we hate to break the bad news to you that in reality, there is no such thing as a pain-free circumcision. If you chose the Pollock Technique™ for circumcision you will be choosing a procedure that is known for a virtually painless procedure and fast recovery time, meaning you’ll be as ‘pain-free’ as possible if you follow the post-care recommendations.
What happens if you experience pain after the procedure?
If you feel that you’re in a lot of pain after your circumcision, we recommend you contact Dr. Hunt straight away. He will go over what you are feeling, what are doing to help reduce your pain and discuss with you his recommendations. After the circumcision procedure, you will be given direct access to Dr. Hunt with his personal mobile which you can use to contact him with any concerns day or night. If you have any concerns about pain or discomfort after the surgery, you can also book an appointment at your local Gentle Procedures clinic.
You can use the chat window on this website or contact our team by phone or email to gather more information about circumcision. Alternatively, if you’re ready to go ahead, you can book a teen circumcision appointment online.