Gentle Procedures Circumcision Clinic in Queensland has carried out hundreds of successful procedures on men from all over Australia using the Pollock Technique. In this article, we cover a few questions that we receive regarding getting circumcised as an adult

Getting Circumcised As An Adult

In this article: 

What is circumcision?

What ages are adult men usually circumcised?

Medical Reasons for Getting Circumcised as an Adult

Adult Circumcision Procedure

The Most Common Risks Associated with Adult Circumcision

The cost of circumcision


What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgery to remove the flap of skin that covers the head of the penis which is called the foreskin. There are a number of reasons why men may choose to get circumcised at an adult age; some require circumcision as a cure for conditions such as phimosis (an overly tight foreskin) while others choose circumcision for cosmetic and personal reasons. 

What ages are adult men usually circumcised?

The most common age range for adult circumcision is 18 to 40 years old but the procedure is regularly performed on a larger age range as requested for medical and personal reasons. There are no specific objections to adult circumcision, however, patients with an active infection, possible squamous cell carcinoma of the penis or anatomic abnormalities of the external genitalia may need to be referred for a urologic consultation. 

Medical reasons for getting circumcised as an Adult

Medical reasons for this procedure include phimosis, paraphimosis, recurrent balanitis  (inflammation/infection of the foreskin). Non-medical reasons may be social, cultural, personal or religious and some skin conditions including genital warts and lichen sclerosus can lead to adult circumcision.

Adult circumcision procedure – The Pollock Technique

Adult circumcision is usually performed as an inpatient procedure by urologists. The Pollock Technique is virtually painless, safe as well as quick and most importantly a general anesthetic is not required. By using a multiple of local anesthetic only, there is no need for going to a hospital and the procedure can be conducted in a circumcision clinic. The use of glue makes scarring less likely.  The use of a Morgan Clamp allows for cleaner neater procedure.

Other circumcision procedures 

Other procedures include using either the dorsal slit or the sleeve technique. The dorsal slit is can be useful in patients who have phimosis and are unsuitable for circumcision. The dorsal slit is cosmetically less appealing, especially for young men.  The sleeve technique is the traditional method of circumcision for adults. A dorsal penile nerve block, with or without a circumferential penile block, provides adequate anesthesia though informed consent must be obtained. 

The most common risks associated with adult circumcision

As with any surgical procedure, bleeding and infection are probably the most common complications of adult circumcision. Other complications include hematoma formation, diffuse swelling, pain from inadequate anesthesia, poor cosmesis, tearing of the wound due to erection prior to complete healing and anesthetic complications. Some patients may also note an unpleasant heightened sensitivity during intercourse. Infection though uncommon can be treated with local or parenteral antibiotics depending on the severity. 

Read our guide to circumcision after care

The cost of circumcision

The cost of circumcision may vary depending on the hospital or day procedure centre where the operation is done and the amount the medical practitioner and anesthetist charges. At Gentle Procedures, our price range for all circumcisions varies based on the technicality of the surgery. If you would like to find out the cost, please contact our team by filling out the necessary forms on our circumcision cost page.