Q. I had circumcision two months ago. How long will it take for the swelling to subside?

Answered by Dr. Saurabh S Pandya and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A


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Hello doctor,

I had circumcision two months ago and still have swelling around my penis. I did a CBC and urine test last week, and all came back normal. The doctor last month said all the incision have healed. Will swelling last this long? How long will it take for the swelling to disappear? Should I be concerned? Will night erections affect healing?

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Dr. Saurabh S Pandya


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The healing looks fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The swelling is mostly an extra skin that is bunching up in a non-erect position. When you have an erection, it might be less prominent. If all excess skin were removed, sometimes there would be pain during erection due to the stretching of the skin. I think things will be fine in about another month. Night erections will not affect healing.


Thank you doctor,

I am attaching another photo. I took it while I had an erection. I want to make sure whether this looks normal. There is a specific area that hurts when I touch. I am assuming this should not be a concern and is it normal to have swelling on the tip? Are you saying that the extra skin swelling all around will drop down in another month? Is this normal to see in patients?


Dr. Saurabh S Pandya


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There is a small swelling at the tip near urethral opening, which looks like a blister (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Either this or the remaining two sutures may be painful. The sutures usually drop off by two to three weeks. In your case, they are still seen. If they are painful, you can consult your doctor to remove them.

Regarding blisters, sometimes the tender skin over glans takes time to adjust, after circumcision. So you can wait for few more days for it to resolve. Often after circumcision, the lower aspect of the suture line is more swollen than the rest and takes more time to become normal. This may be related to delay in new blood vessel formation.

We usually see things becoming fine in about a month. But in your case, this is taking longer time. You can wait for few more days. Also, do not expect results similar to circumcisions done in childhood.

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