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Anesthesia before circumcision

I'm going to see a urologist shortly to discuss having a circumcision performed. From what I've read, the week afterwards can be rather painful but what I'm more concerned about is the anesthesia beforehand. From what I understand, most circumcisions are done in the office under local anesthesia. How painful is it getting an injection into your penis? I've also heard that you feel a burning sensation for about a minute after the lidocaine is injected.

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Had mine done 12mths ago under local felt 2 small pricks of the needle then nothing at all for about 3hrs


The injection itself is pretty ok, slight pinch and nothing really to worry about. The worst part for me in local anaesthesia was being aware of what was going on down there as in I knew what they were doing, not that I felt pain at all. I was stressed out a bit and the first sight of my penis after the circumcision made me a little uneasy so that was the worst part of that for me, which by itself means the anaesthesia isn't bad at all.

As for the burning sensation, I did not feel any. Only at the end but that was due to the alcohol disinfectant that they smeared on me post op to clean off.


I had the choice of spinal or general anaesthetic. I chose general so was asleep throughout. Went down for anaesthetic and op at 09.15 and went home at 15.00.


Why do you want to have a circumcision?


even though I wash everyday, i've had balanitis 3 times and when I get an erection, my foreskin never stays retracted. Balanitis and an uncircumcised penis leads to a greater chance of penile cancer later in life. Plus...it's my personal decision.

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@ jimfromcalif

Are you interested in getting one? If so, you should have your own reasons.


I got was circumcised under general anaesthetic and the the surgeon put a local in whilst I was under I wasn’t given the option to be circumcised under local anaesthetic but being on general was fine by me


I wanted to do local because of the risks involved with general, but I wasn’t given the option. I went to sleep and woke up 2 ounces lighter. I was definitely a little scared the days leading up to it, to the point where I even increased my life insurance. Talk to your doctor about the options and discuss LMA versus intubation.


The risks are 1 in a million. There are risks involved with everything you do.


The actual statistic is 1 out of every 100,000 people may die from general anesthesia. While it’s not a High rate, it’s still an important consideration when choosing to do an unnecessary elective surgery. My wife is in medicine and sees a lot of complications in the operating room which made her nervous for me. That being said, I still felt it was worth the risk. I could have also been hit by a bus on my way to the hospital, so you cant always live life fearing risks, but you should be aware of them.


Well me and you are both still here after general anaesthetic 😂


Exactly. That shouldn’t be the only reason to not have it done. But it is a very permanent procedure. And it’s good to consider every possible factor before going forward, so you feel prepared, informed and less likely to have any regrets.


I didn’t have a choice it was either get it done or have tight foreskin for the rest of my life there wasn’t another solution.


Does the upside exceed the downside?

Here is the downside:

The foreskin is a complex double-layered structure composed of smooth muscle fiber, skin, mucosa, nerves, arteries, and veins. It is natural, normal, healthy, and its possession contributes to a sense of well-being. The foreskin contains the highly-innervated ridged band.



The foreskin has protective, sensory, sexual, and immunological functions. It is loaded with nerves and is the site of most of the penile sensation.


The foreskin is a “specific erogenous zone.” The foreskin is essential for normal intercourse. Foreskin provides the additional skin needed to allow for penile expansion during erection. Amputation of the foreskin, which is an integral and important part of the penis has very significant adverse sexual and emotional effects.

Nature put the foreskin there to provide at least fourteen functions:

1. to cover and bond with the synechia so as to permit the development of the mucosal surface of the glans and inner foreskin.

2. to protect the infant's glans from feces and ammonia in diapers.

3. To protect against disease causing pathogens.

4. to protect the glans penis from friction, abrasion, and pain throughout life.

5. to keep the glans moisturized and soft with emollient oils.

6. to lubricate the glans.

7. to coat the glans with a waxy protective substance.

8. to provide sufficient skin to cover an erection by unfolding.

9. to provide an aid to masturbation and foreplay.

10. to serve as an aid to penetration.

11. to reduce friction and chafing during intercourse.

12. to serve as erogenous tissue because of its rich supply of erogenous receptors.

13. to contact and stimulate the G-spot of the female partner.

14. to produce pheromones to excite the female sexual partner.


Adult circumcision is an irreversible, elective surgical operation to injure the penis and reduce its size and sensation by cutting off the nerve-laden sexually sensitive, erogenous foreskin. Once it is removed you cannot get it back. Adult circumcision is usually performed with a general anesthetic, however local anesthetic may be used. Like all surgical operations, it has risks of hemorrhage, infection, and surgical mishap. Loss of the penis has been known to occur. Death has been known to occur.

You should be very certain that you want a circumcision because once it is done, you cannot reverse it.

The cost is about $2,500-$3,000 in the United States. Circumcision may be carried out under local or general anaesthesia. You will need pain medication during the painful recovery.

It is normal to keep the foreskin forward over the head for protection. After the foreskin is amputated by circumcision, the head will be fully exposed and may be very painful.

Circumcision is an injurious, damaging, destructive, and harmful surgical operation that cuts through nerves and blood vessels that feed blood to the penis. The operation is irreversible. You will have the rest of your life to mourn your loss of your erogenous foreskin.

Swelling is normal after surgery.

The foreskin is filled with nerves that make it the most sensitive part of the human body, therefore, cutting into it is very painful.

It takes about six weeks to recover from an adult circumcision.

One should avoid getting erections because erections tend to tear out stitches.. Oral ketoconazole may help to prevent postoperative erections.

It is normal for the head of the penis to hurt after a circumcision because the protection provided by the foreskin is gone forever.


There are different kinds of stitches. Some dissolve but others must be removed by the doctor.

One of many purposes of the foreskin is to provide the additional skin that is needed when the penis becomes erect. When the foreskin is removed, erections may be painful because of the lack of skin. Also, erections may tear the stitches out. If that happens, then you will need to see your surgeon to get it repaired.

You will now need lubrication for masturbation.

One will never fully regain the lost protection, sexual function, sensation, and sexual pleasure. After your circumcision, you will need lubrication for masturbation.




After you have your circumcision you will never be able to have sex as nature intended it.

If you go through with your circumcision and you should become interested in restoring your foreskin, a search on the Internet for “foreskin restoration” will produce lots of information.

Circumcision experience

Circumcision pain

Circumcision is a cutting operation. It is normal to feel pain during the surgical operation, however this is usually relived by general or local anesthesia.

You may expect pain after surgery until the incision heals.

You may also expect pain when the sensitive head of the penis is exposed to friction from clothing, etc. It is no longer protected by the foreskin, so there is not much you can do about it.

You may also expect painful erections. Depending on how much skin was removed. Depending on how much skin was removed, there may not be enough skin left to allow for shaft expansion during erection and this may cause painful erections.

You may also experience phantom pain from neuromas that form where nerves were severed.

Masturbation may be painful if you don’t use lubrication.


I'm guessing your pro skin Bucky ?


The foreskin is a functional organ of the body with numerous functions.

There are usually better solutions to foreskin issues than circumcision. Circumcision is better reserved for use as a last resort.


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