How You Might Feel After Your Operation

  • You may feel slightly nauseated after surgery.
  • The anaesthetic may cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours.
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days.
  • Your penis may be red and swollen for about 1 week.

Incision Care

  • You may take a bath or shower after 2 days.
  • Stitches are self-dissolving so they do not need to be removed.
  • For 2 days keep your penis covered with Vaseline and a gauze square. This will reduce discomfort when you urinate and prevent gauze from sticking to your penis.
  • If the gauze falls off you will need to apply more Vaseline and a fresh gauze square.
  • After 2 days remove the gauze dressing but continue to apply Vaseline to your penis for 7 days.
  • An ice pack may be used on your penis to relieve pain-apply the ice pack for 15 minutes and take it off for 15 minutes throughout the day. Do not leave the ice pack on continuously.

Pain and Medication

  • Take only the medication for pain that your surgeon prescribes
  • Follow your surgeon’s order about when to start taking your usual medications
  • Apply ice pack if necessary (see above)

Follow-Up Care

  • Call your surgeons office and make an appointment within 2 weeks.


  • Eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup and Jell-O®-drink extra fluids.
  • By drinking extra fluids you will dilute your urine and decrease pain when you urinate.
  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication.
  • Activity and Exercise
  • For the first 24 hours after your anaesthetic, do not drive, operate heavy equipment, drink alcohol, smoke or make important decisions.
  • Arrange for someone to be with you the first night at home.
  • You will need to rest for 2 days following your surgery.
  • Return to work as soon as you feel comfortable.
  • Refrain from sexual activity until discussed with your surgeon at your follow-up appointment.

You need to contact your doctor if you have:

  • A fever that persists after 2 days;
  • Bright red bleeding from your incisions;
  • Swelling, pain or a foul smelling discharge at your incisions;
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea that persists after 24 hours;
  • Severe pain unrelieved by pain medications;
  • Difficulty going to the washroom;
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.
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