My son is 11 years old and due to some problems he's having to go into hospital for a circumcision. Can anyone tell me what to expect in the way of pain? Is he going to be in lots or is it not as bad as it sounds. Im really worried for him. Has anyone elses child been through a similar experience so i can know what to expect?? thank you

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Robert - posted on 09/06/2012

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I am a man. I was circumcised when I was 30 years old. Yes, I am DARN GLAD I DID IT.



I was a premature birth in 1959. So I was NOT Circumcised.



I can tell you from Experience that Any Good Perdition will do every possible to see that your Son feels NO Pain. I had to get an IV in Me in the Vein and I was given drugs to make me Relax.

Its Standard Procedure, believe me. The Doctor wants to make the patient as comfortable as possible. The Drugs they give you make you feel like your in La-La Land. Your Son is given Oxygen. and the Operation takes about 15 to 25 mins. No Bleeding. No Pian. The person that puts your Son to sleep also injects an anesthetic in the ball sac, so that when your Son wakes up. There is no pain at all. You may ask for some pain pills from the doctor, but I did not need any. Dont worry, A circumcision by a qualified doctor who has done them before is a piece of cake. My Brother-in-law is a Peditrition at a Major Children's' Hospital.



The only thing you really have to do is make sure your Son Washes his Penis 2 days after the operation to stay clean, and wear Boxer shorts for about 6 to 8 days. The Boxer shorts gives his just circumcised penis "ROOM TO BREATHE" After all the Penis is make of FLESH too.



I got CIRCUMCISED for HYGIENIC REASONS. Crap builds up in an uncircumcised guy.

Plus being circumcised helps to reduce the chance of STD by 50 percent. So do your Child a Favor and get him cut. When he gets much older and married, he will have a Much more enjoyable Sex life. Foreskins are now used by Burn Hospitals to help burn victims develop new skin, when they have lost most of their skin. (SEVERE BURN VICTIMS)



Ask the doctor how many circumcisions he has done in his career. If he has done a lot, go for him. And I recommend a male doctor----he has a penis also.



Bob

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As a urology nurse I am often caring for adults who get circumcised for various medical reasons, they usually use a general anaesthetic which would probobly be better also for an 11 year old. It is usually not too painful most people go home the same day just taking paracetamol. We provide an anti-bacterial gel to put on which is important but also once it has healed and the stitches are gone I would recommend you get your son some bio-oil or similar and get him to massage into the scar-line every day to reduce the chance of the scar contracting, as the area obviously needs to stretch without causing pain. The area heals very quickly usually but be sure to do the massage for a year or 2 as this is how long scars are forming and so it will make a big difference to the scars flexibility long-term.

Amanda - posted on 12/03/2008

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I had two friends whose sons had to have it done when they were about 3 or 4. They cried a lot about it... but they were a lot younger. They (the boys) both found it hurt for their pants to rub for a while so they got a big kick out of making 'turtle shells' for their turtles. They got little plastic cups or dixie cups or something and i think they even decorated them, and put them over their penis underneath their underwear. Worked two ways, took their minds of it, and stopped the rubbing. I'm not sure that would work with an 11 year old, but you might want to consider getting him a cup to wear if he experiences the same sort of irritation.

Leslie - posted on 12/02/2008

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My son had this procedure done to him when he was 12. The only real pain he experienced was when he was peeing, or if he happened to get hard....

Tylenol worked well....at this age its really not as bad as it sounds....they will be more groggy from the anesthetic then anything else.....

Robert - posted on 09/06/2012

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I am a man. I was circumcised when I was 30 years old. Yes, I am DARN GLAD I DID IT.



I was a premature birth in 1959. So I was NOT Circumcised.



I can tell you from Experience that Any Good Perdition will do every possible to see that your Son feels NO Pain. I had to get an IV in Me in the Vein and I was given drugs to make me Relax.

Its Standard Procedure, believe me. The Doctor wants to make the patient as comfortable as possible. The Drugs they give you make you feel like your in La-La Land. Your Son is given Oxygen. and the Operation takes about 15 to 25 mins. No Bleeding. No Pian. The person that puts your Son to sleep also injects an anesthetic in the ball sac, so that when your Son wakes up. There is no pain at all. You may ask for some pain pills from the doctor, but I did not need any. Dont worry, A circumcision by a qualified doctor who has done them before is a piece of cake. My Brother-in-law is a Peditrition at a Major Children's' Hospital.



The only thing you really have to do is make sure your Son Washes his Penis 2 days after the operation to stay clean, and wear Boxer shorts for about 6 to 8 days. The Boxer shorts gives his just circumcised penis "ROOM TO BREATHE" After all the Penis is make of FLESH too.



I got CIRCUMCISED for HYGIENIC REASONS. Crap builds up in an uncircumcised guy.

Plus being circumcised helps to reduce the chance of STD by 50 percent. So do your Child a Favor and get him cut. When he gets much older and married, he will have a Much more enjoyable Sex life. Foreskins are now used by Burn Hospitals to help burn victims develop new skin, when they have lost most of their skin. (SEVERE BURN VICTIMS)



Ask the doctor how many circumcisions he has done in his career. If he has done a lot, go for him. And I recommend a male doctor----he has a penis also.



Bob

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Iresha - posted on 06/12/2014

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Hello there, I have an 11 year old son and was scared of him being pain, after reading your comments I feel a bit better, but where do you recommend we going for a good hospital?

JOSH - posted on 12/12/2013

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hi my son has been circumcised before, there's no pain, all the doctor does
is inject your son's penis so he doesn't feel anything and then he can start
to get rid of his foreskin

Tricia - posted on 09/05/2009

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Can anyone comment about what is supposed to be done to the area post-surgery? Am I supposed to pull the area back and expose the sutures and cleanse the area? I have a 2 year old who just had the revision surgery and am trying to do so but am getting a lot of resistance as you might imagine. The area also looks bruised and slightly swollen. I have been pulling it back and putting the triple antibotic cream on it as best I can. I don't think it looks infected, but there I can see tissue-like stuff on it that I've tried to wash off with a cloth and I'm not having much luck. I just don't know when I should be calling the emergency line - I'm a bit of a worry wart. Any info would be appreciated!

Ericka - posted on 12/11/2008

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For the burning during urination I wonder if he could use a squirt bottle with warm water then the anti-burn spray like we do after giving birth.

Sera - posted on 12/11/2008

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I am Jewish and my son was circumcised at 8 days old. The first day was really, really rough for all of us. He screamed every time he urinated and couldn't straighten his legs. However, the next day it was as though nothing had happened and he healed very quickly. I imagine that at your son's advanced age he will have all kinds of pain killers and such and so things should go super smoothly. I hope you won't worry too much about it, its a minor surgery and I am sure he will be fine! But what a sweet mom you are to voice your concern and look for information. Good luck!

User - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi i went through the exact same thing with my sonhe was 9 and the first couple of days was hard for him my best advise is give him tylanol and keep it moist untill you take the wraps off and loose clothing sounds silly but it bothered him when something wold rub and its sensative so an erection happens easy and that is when it would hurt him do i ever feel silly saying that but that is what it was like for him. but i am glad he had it done because now he has no issues hope this helps

Donna - posted on 12/05/2008

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yeah my son is finally being circumstised in february and we cant wait hes a fighter he will bounce back quick he has done with all 5 other operations hes had for various things xxxx hope all goes well with your son xx

Sally - posted on 12/03/2008

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It will be painful...I would talk to the Urologist to cliarify what he has seen.. what his procedure is .. take your son with you.. ask about pain control. he will be having general anaesthesia... if your surgeon will be using a nerve block only..I doubt it.. a kid should be put out..he doesn't need to remember anything...but you certainly need to let him know that there will be pain and discomfort...If he is prepared and knows what comfort measures to take and ask for then the pain is more tolerable.. ensure that the nursing staff knows what the plan is... and to give him pain medications before it hits crisis level.. your Son should verbalise when discomfort level is rising and needing pain pills .. the other ..scars etc has been mentioned in other posts...don't be afraid to speak up to the nurses... communication is key.....

Donna - posted on 12/03/2008

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thank you Donna, i shall certainly bear that in mind when we see the consultant. Good luck with your son at the hospital today, it sounds like he's had a rough time with what they have done so far. You're right, if they had just removed the foreskin in the first place you wouldnt be having to do what you are doing today. poor little fella, hope all goes well for him. x

Donna - posted on 12/03/2008

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hi my 6 yr old son has had lots of problems with foreskin his willy swells up like a balloon when he wees its always sore and red hes had freeing of adesions twice and thats not helped at all im off to hospital today to demand they remove the skin completley a few days of pain is going to be easier than what hes going through now hes fully aware and knows what to expect and hes fine with it dont let them fob u of when they say it might not need removing we could just cut the skin put ur foot down and tell them u want it off

Donna - posted on 12/02/2008

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thanks glynis. what a good idea!! i will certainly do that. your last comment about your son having others confirm that made me laugh. thank you x

Glynis - posted on 12/02/2008

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Oh, by the way, get an idea from the doctor ahead of time as to what your son is going to LOOK like the first time he sees himself after the procedure. Your kid needs this, and so do you. I was SOOOOOO not prepared. My kid looked butterflyed - but remember it was a different surgery. I couldn't conceive how that mutilation could ever be resolved. I nearly passed out, while desperately trying to look nonchalant.

Ask your doc to steer you to a book or webpage with a pic of a circumcision on a person besides a baby.

(P.S. My son's quite a looker now, and unfortunately, I think at 19, he's hoping to soon have others confirm that.)

Donna - posted on 12/02/2008

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i have watched your replies come through over the last hour and i can honestly say what a brilliant bunch of people you all are. thank you so much for the advice especially rubbing in bio oil as obviously its important for the scar not to affect him later on in life. I have taken in all the other advice and wise comments. It has made me feel so much better as it doesnt sound so bad after all (although im sure he will milk the sympathy bit! lol) thank you all so much. i will gladly hear more if anyone else wants to contribute.

Glynis - posted on 12/02/2008

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I don't know about the circumcision, but my son had to have the hole opened again around age four. It stung a lot when urinatind, and her was afraid of it. We tried the tub idea as mentioned earlier, but that is pretty inconvenient. Then I thought of holding a bowl or cup of warm water up to him and letting him pee into that. Your kid is much bigger - more urine - so have him stand in tub, and no pants or there will be some spilling, but still much faster than half a tub of water, Of course, you have to check with your doctor to see if he is allowed to get wet in such a way. (Ice cream also works wonders - at the other end.)

Michele - posted on 12/02/2008

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My baby brother had to go back in for a secondary circumision when he was 12 months old and he came home and began to play just like normal! on top of that he had surgery for a double hernia. I wouldnt be too worried about about the pain on him because you will feel worse as a mother knowing your child had to go thru that

Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2008

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i cant help you with your question but if you need someone to talk to i am here. i am so sorry to hear that. i will pray for him what is his name?

Ashley - posted on 12/02/2008

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The Dr. told my husband and I that it wasn't going to be a big deal. Well, he's four now and all he can talk about is how hes pee pee hurts sometimes! It's completely different from when its done as a baby. From how my stepson was acting, he seemed to be in a lot of pain. Maybe, since he's older, he'll be able to handle it a lot better. You'll get RX for the pain, so give it to him and let him sleep as much as he wants!

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2008

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Hi, now I have a nephew who had the same thing. The Dr who did the circumcision when he was a baby did an awful JOB!!! So when he started puberty his boyhood kept getting infected, so he went in had the job done. It took about a day to recover, lets say he slept alot!! He told me that it burned a little but nothing to bad, He said that he was perfectly fine in like 3 days. So I think he will do perfect!!! GOOD LUCK!

User - posted on 12/02/2008

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normally this process is done with a local anesthetic to cut away the excess skin, it shouldn't be too painful, but it's recommended to have a few days rest after and if possible to wear something loose fitting or maybe not all if he will be at home resting - he will however experience stinging for a few days while passing urine this is common and will pass but it's important to always clean the area with a special anti-bacterial solution which should be given or asked to get by the doctor
it's common for some cultures to have circumcision done - hope all goes well with as little pain as possible as the healing process super fast so your son can be his old self again :)

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