Here is a summary of the adult circumcision process. In addition to the steps below most adult circumcision clients will have an initial consultation appointment in our clinic, or by phone in some cases.
Please contact us today if you would like a consultation and please read on for detail on what will happen on the day of your eventual procedure:
After receiving local anaesthetic to the genital area, the circumcision is performed in a virtually painless manner. The whole procedure is done in just 15 minutes.
You will be kept for observation for an hour post-operatively.
Follow-up is required in the days after the operation for dressing changes, etc.
Surgery and follow-up visits are done in the comfort and privacy of our circumcision clinic.
All supplies, dressings, analgesia, sick certificates, etc. supplied at no extra cost.
You will have access to Dr. Slim and Dr. Kee’s 24 Hr. phone to answer any concerns.
Please go ahead and request a consultation appointment with Doctor Slim or Doctor Kee if you are considering getting circumcised as an adult. The initial consultation can be done by phone if you are not convenient to Ottawa and will be travelling overnight for your procedure.
We recommend a consultation to ensure that you make a fully informed decision.
Adult Circumcision in Ottawa with the Pollock Technique™
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 like phimosis (an overly tight foreskin) while others choose circumcision for cosmetic and personal reasons.
Whatever the reason for your choice to have circumcision later in life, we will be pleased to consult with you and schedule a surgery at your convenience.
With our skin glue closure method, in addition to the standard suture technique, we are able to obtain good cosmetic outcomes without the typical multiple suture track marks in the skin. Adult circumcision procedures with the Pollock Technique™ can offer good cosmetic results with limited discomfort.
For more information, or to schedule to speak with our doctors, please contact us today.
Appointments are generally available within a short time and no referral is required. Our experienced Ottawa doctors offer circumcision for men of all ages.
Adult Circumcision Costs – OHIP & RAMQ Coverage?
OHIP & RAMQ provide adult circumcision coverage only in cases where the procedure can be classified as medically necessary for the man after consultation with a urologist.
This means that the great majority of adult circumcisions performed at our Ottawa and Gatineau adult circumcision clinics are paid for directly by the patient.
You can consult with your private health insurer to determine if any coverage may be available in your case, if you have a private health plan, but even private insurance is unlikely to cover what may be deemed a “non-therapeutic” procedure.
If you would like more detail on adult circumcision costs, please use the Circumcision Cost Confirmation form to send us your inquiry and we will reply fast with the detail you require.
The Adult Circumcision Procedure
Our Ottawa & Gatineau clinics offer the feature of being focused on circumcision procedures.
Our internal processes are organized to deliver care to men requiring a circumcision.
The details below provide an overview of how your surgery will be performed and what to expect afterwards. You will receive detailed written instructions for post-surgery care as well as consult one-on-one with either Doctor Mohamed Slim or Doctor Gordon Kee.
Our team is available after the procedure as required to answer your questions and to react quickly in the unlikely event that there are any problems.
Getting Circumcised at Your Age
We are often asked; “Am I too old to get circumcised?” and the answer is pretty much always “no”. Men and youth of all ages have the surgery in our adult circumcision clinic.
You can also find additional information regarding circumcision for babies, boys and teens on dedicated pages on this website.
The most common age range for adult circumcision is 18 – 40 years old, but the procedure is regularly performed on a larger age range as requested for medical and personal reasons. The medical team at Gentle Procedures Clinic is experienced at circumcising men of all ages, and we have collectively performed over 60,000 circumcision procedures in our affiliated clinics in Canada, Australia, the UK and the United States.
The morning of your circumcision we recommend that you avoid coffee and other caffeinated beverages or stimulants. It is best if you are both physically and mentally calm. Bring your headphones and listen to your favourite relaxing music on your phone or other small music player during the surgery.
Take it easy the night before
Do your best to have a good sleep the night before and follow your normal breakfast routine (except for minimizing coffee) so that you will feel your normal self. Some patients find it stressful to skip coffee and if you are one of those people who really need their coffee in the morning maybe just have one cup.
The goal is to minimize your stress, so have a cup of coffee if skipping it is will cause distress. We recommend that the patient have someone come with them to drive them home as well.
The procedure itself will take about 15 minutes once the penis has been anaesthetized.
You will be kept for observation for an hour after surgery.
Follow-up is required in the following day for dressing changes and then a week later.
After your first week of taking it really easy you may resume regular activities as long as you are pain free, including sports or going to the gym. You should avoid any activity that puts pressure on the penis or scrotum for at least 3 weeks (biking etc.). No contact sports for 6 – 8 weeks.
Most adult circumcision patients find that there is minimal pain post operatively. Expect some mild discomfort after your procedure for a couple days just like with any surgery, after which there may be some discomfort during the first 2 weeks with nocturnal erections but they are generally mild and relieved with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Your penis may swell in the first 2 days. It is generally not very painful, and over-the-counter pain relievers are all you usually need.
You will have a dressing over the head of your penis. Please follow the doctor’s directions about when to remove it. Wear snug fitting underwear that will hold the penis upright. This will help the swelling go down.
You can return to work and your normal routine when you feel ready to. Some men return to sedentary work as soon as 2 – 3 days after circumcision. You will need to wait longer before returning to physical work.
A detailed care sheet will be provided with specific instructions to follow after your operation. The information on this page gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover, but each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the care instructions to heal as fast as possible.
Dr. Slim and Dr. Kee will address your specific case and your detailed questions.
Post Circumcision Activity & Care
Rest when you feel tired. Getting enough sleep will help you recover fast. You may shower when you no longer have a bandage on your penis. Pat the cut (incision) dry. You may also take short baths if you wish.
Avoid strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, for 4 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay. You can return to work and normal activities, including driving, when you are comfortable doing them.
What to eat after circumcision as an adult.
You can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt. Drink plenty of fluids (unless your doctor tells you not to). There is no medical reason to change from your usual meals in the days after getting circumcised. You will likely prefer to eat at home at least for the first day or two to maximize your comfort.
Remove any dressing when your doctor says it is okay. Do this by soaking it off in a warm bath. Wear underwear that is comfortable for you. After the first few days, some men continue to prefer a snug fit for support, while others prefer loose-fitting briefs. Do what feels best for you.
Ice and elevation
Put ice or a cold pack on your groin for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the first day. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Position your penis so that your underwear keeps it upright.
Sex After Circumcision
Do not have intercourse or masturbate for 6 weeks, or until your doctor says it is okay. An occasional erection is not harmful as long as you leave it alone. Do not stimulate the penis.
Medications after circumcision
Your doctor will tell you if and when you can restart your medications. He will also give you instructions about taking any new medications.
If you take blood thinners, or aspirin, be sure to talk to your doctor for advice on when to start taking those medications again. Make sure that you understand exactly what your doctor wants you to do in order to minimize the risk of any unexpected interactions.
Take pain medications exactly as directed. If the doctor gave you a prescription medication for pain, take it as prescribed. If you are not taking a prescription pain medication, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medication.
Do not take two or more pain medications at the same time unless the doctor told you to.
If you think your pain medicine is making you sick to your stomach:
Take your medicine after meals (unless your doctor has told you not to).