How to Handle Pain During and After Circumcision

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circumcision aftercareRegardless of age, undergoing a circumcision can cause discomfort to patients, especially if completed without any anaesthetic. Therefore, to make circumcisions a little easier, here is our advice on handling pain during and after your circumcision.


Bringing electronic devices along to your appointment can provide the perfect distraction for patients of any age. Babies can be distracted by listening to music and older children may prefer to play a game on a tablet. Having these distractions while your specialist carries out the procedure can help you to feel more at ease with the discomfort.

Local Anaesthetic

Before the circumcision begins, the base of the penis is injected with a local anaesthetic to make the penis numb. Your specialist will not begin the procedure until the anaesthetic has taken effect. After a few minutes they will check the foreskin to make sure the patient cannot feel any localised pain. The anaesthetic will reduce pain during the circumcision and can last for at least 6 hours.

Recovery Room

After the circumcision is complete, your specialist will take you into a separate recovery room. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have, while your specialist details the requirements for aftercare. You will also be provided with an aftercare guide to take home. This will inform you on what to expect and how to care for the wound.

This is essential to pay attention to, as poor aftercare could lead to further discomfort.

Home Aftercare

The following few days after a circumcision has been completed, you may feel some discomfort and possible swelling at the head of your penis. If you are experiencing pain post-procedure, we recommend common painkillers, including paracetamol or ibuprofen.

For any concerns regarding yours or your child’s circumcision, please get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.

Booking Your Circumcision

At Modality Circumcision Service we are one of the largest providers of circumcision within the UK and Europe.

We offer circumcision services to adults, children and babies of all ages, providing they are more than 2.5kg in weight. All of our clinics provide a welcoming environment with a customer first approach, to ensure you and your family feel as safe and comfortable as possible.