Gentle Procedures Clinic is pleased to serve the UK with virtually painless Pollock Technique™ circumcision for men of all ages.
About Adult Circumcision in London
Adult circumcision is one of the procedures that generates the largest number of questions at our London circumcision clinic. Men considering circumcision post-adolescence understandably have many concerns about the procedure and aftercare.
This post offers some information intended to answer the more common and general inquiries from adult men about circumcision at a mature age.
Please feel free to contact our clinic with any specific questions as well.
Adult Circumcision Procedure
At Gentle Procedures London Dr. Joshua Plaut performs adult circumcision procedures with the Pollock Technique™.
Gentle Procedures Clinic is the only authorized UK provider of Pollock circumcision and Dr. Plaut trained with Dr. Pollock to learn this virtually painless method.
What is Pollock Technique™ Circumcision?
The Pollock method uses a combination of local anaesthetic and quick surgical technique, with the Mogen Clamp and use of skin glue.
With the introduction of our skin glue closure method, we have been able to obtain an improved cosmetic outcome without the typical multiple suture track marks in the mucosa and skin.
In addition, glue closure is relatively quick compared to traditional circumcision methods in hospitals. The Pollock Technique™ has been successfully employed in many tens of thousands of procedures for babies, boys, and men.
A frenulectomy is an in-office procedure that can alleviate the pain sometimes associated with a tight band of tissue between a penis’ shaft and the glans on its underside.
A tight frenulum can exist independent of whether a man has been circumcised, and it can create a tight and curved section of the penis that is susceptible to micro-trauma, causing bleeding and painful erections.
The penile frenulectomy procedure involves the removal of the restricting tissue for increased range of motion in the penis and enhanced sexual pleasure due to the end of pain with erection.
The procedure (done in under 20 minutes) is performed using a long-acting local anaesthetic and generally results in instant relief after a brief recovery period.
A consultation is required prior to scheduling an adult circumcision, frenuloplasty or frenulectomy so that we can help ensure you make a fully informed decision, and so that our doctor can assess your case and confirm if circumcision or penile frenuloplasty is recommended.
Adult Circumcision – Frequent Questions at Our London Clinic
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure itself usually takes about 15 minutes once the anaesthetic has taken effect. Generally, plan to be at the clinic for at least 1 hour to a maximum of 3 hours. This includes preparation time, surgery and recovery time to make sure that you are ready to travel home.
Does adult circumcision hurt?
We employ a highly effective local anaesthetic to ensure you are numb prior to proceeding. Everyone is different. Some men need to take regular strong painkillers as advised from the clinic on the day of your circumcision. Other men don’t need a single paracetamol in the whole postoperative period. For those men who have a very sensitive glans (head), this usually settles within a few weeks and is improved by smothering Vaseline onto the head.
How long does the recovery take?
In all cases, the minimum length of time will be 6 weeks before the wound heals.
When can I go back to work after an adult circumcision?
This depends on what work you do. If you are office based, simply sitting at a desk, you can probably return to work 5 days after the circumcision. If you have very physical job such as firefighter or builder, we recommend taking a full 2 weeks off work. Young men still at school are advised to take 10 days off school.
What kind of activities can I do or not do?
After your first week of taking it 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.). You should avoid contact sports for 4 weeks.
Upper body, light weight gym training can resume once the bandages are off (usually two weeks), but avoid heavy, strenuous training for 4 weeks.
When can I have sex or masturbate?
You should not have sex or masturbate for 6 weeks after getting circumcised as an adult.
How much pain should I expect during recovery?
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.
How long after circumcision will it hurt to have an erection?
About 1 – 2 weeks.
London Adult Circumcision Cost
The fees for an older boy or adult circumcision procedure at our clinic are based on the age of the patient.
There are several 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 at your convenience.
We are sometimes asked; “Am I too old to get circumcised?” and the answer is almost invariably “no”. Men and youth of all ages have the surgery at our London circumcision clinic. The most common age range for adult circumcision is 20 – 40 years old, but the procedure is regularly performed on a larger age range as requested for medical and personal reasons.
Our medical team is experienced at circumcising men of all ages.