Circumcision is associated with few and infrequent complications, although with any surgical procedure there are occasional problems. For example, bleeding. In almost all cases bleeding is controlled by direct pressure.
Even though complications are rare, do not hesitate to consult Dr. Pollock if you have any questions about the appearance of the penis. Remember, early treatment (if any is needed) is always best.
Post Circumcision Bleeding
Please check your baby’s diaper for any bleeding every 1-3 hours for the first 36 hours after circumcision. If the baby is sleeping, you can just look at the front of the diaper from the outside. If it is not discolored, he is likely not bleeding abnormally. When you open the diaper, it is normal for the covering gauze to be a little red from bleeding.
You treat bleeding from the penis the same as you would for the tip of a finger:
1) Apply pressure to the penis for 2-3 minutes; no less. Do this by grasping the penis between your thumb and two fingers (over the 3×3-inch gauze square).
2) Without removing the 3×3-inch gauze square, inspect the area for continued bleeding and repeat step one if necessary.
3) Leave the 3×3-inch gauze square in place and close the diaper as removing it may lead to renewed bleeding.
It is reasonable for you to try the pressure technique twice, for 2-3 minutes at a time, before calling Dr. Pollock as most bleeding will stop with this. If the penis is dripping any blood, and you cannot stop the bleeding with the pressure technique that our staff has demonstrated to you, call Dr. Pollock immediately on his cell (604) 644-5775. If there is no response within three minutes, call him again every three minutes until he answers.
Concealed Infant Penis
When the length of the penile shaft is no greater than its diameter or when there is a good amount of pubic fat, the penis will tend to retract inward. This is normal. This characteristic is only a concern for the first month or two since the healing circumcision can adhere to the surrounding skin resulting in a “concealed penis”.
If your son fits this profile, you can reduce the chance of concealed penis by applying a very thin layer of Vaseline to the entire glans, once a day, until the glans takes on a healed appearance (about 1-2 months). To expose a glans that has retracted inward, place gentle downward pressure on either side of the base of the penis.
Consult Dr. Pollock if the penis cannot be fully exposed, or if any connecting skin bridges form between the shaft skin and the head of the penis.