Circumcision is a procedure to remove foreskin from the penis. In adults, it is most frequently performed on a medical basis. When there’s no medical indication, many men choose to be circumcised for cultural, faith or cosmetic reasons.

University Urology Associates is one of only a few clinics in Toronto offering adult circumcision services. Our adult circumcision experts have performed thousands of procedures and regularly receive glowing feedback from patients.

When is circumcision medically indicated?

A number of conditions can be treated or significantly improved with circumcision:

  • Balanoposthitis, or inflammation of the head of the penis and overlying foreskin
  • Phimosis, difficulty retracting the foreskin and, as a consequence, painful erections
  • Genital warts, when large and non-responsive to medication
  • Penile cancer, if diagnosed early

What are non-medical benefits of circumcision?

  • It’s been proven that circumcisions drastically lower a man’s risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases from heterosexual sex, including genital herpes and HIV
  • Circumcision protects against penile cancer and reduces the risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners
  • Many men and women prefer the appearance of a circumcised penis

How long is the procedure?

The procedures takes approximately 30-45 minutes and is considered a day surgery. We typically use a local anesthetic but sedation is available upon request. In most cases, you should be able to leave the clinic within an hour after the surgery.

What is normal after circumcision?

You may experience soreness and swelling for 2-3 days after the surgery. We recommend applying a small ice pack to your groin to help minimize the bruising and swelling. The swelling may linger for 2-3 weeks after your circumcision.

Post-circumcision care


  • Avoid taking blood thinners as they may affect healing and cause bleeding
  • We may prescribe a course of antibiotics to prevent infection

Take these precautions for 2-3 weeks after the procedure:

  • Do not take baths
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity and especially cycling
  • Abstain from sexual activity as erections may be uncomfortable or painful, or cause a suture rupture

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