A typical post-operative correspondence between a patient and surgeon.
Adult in his 30s
The following is the text and telephone conversations between Patient and Dr. Khan
Before the circumcision
Patient: if I am going to abroad (which is 20 degree) next week, Potentially Monday – would be OK.
Dr. Khan: Traveling will be fine after 5 days if everything is OK after the circumcision.
Patient: what will be best tight or loose underwear?
Dr. Khan: It is helpful to wear the tight underwear for 2-3 days. It helps to decrease the pain and swelling. I will discuss further before the op.
Patient: Thank you for your response Dr. I will need to speak to you about the pain as I do not really take pain killers, but we can talk about that tomorrow. Very nervous!
Patient: Good morning Dr. Just to update you that I had several erections last night which were very uncomfortable but bearable. No blood this morning until just recently I went to the toilet and noticed a bit of blood on the tissue from the underside of the penis (where the frenulum was removed). It doesn't seem like a lot so far but just wanted to be sure.
Dr. Khan: Please put small bandage on where there was a spots of bleeding. As frenulum was exposed because it was very high near the opening and bleeding may be due to erection. It should stop itself, use ice if erecting penis is causing significant problem.
Patient: It has already stopped already which is a relief so I think it may be best to leave it be unless it starts again and I will go and buy a new bandage. When will the pain from erections reduce? Also are they damaging the area?
Dr. Khan: It will take a few days to reduce the pain. Please take pain killers if you wish.
Patient: Thank you Dr. It only hurts so far when I have those erections at night so I will hold off until I need them. I have bought coconut oil as my penis head looks very dry so I can apply some on there after my shower tonight.
Patient: Hi again, just a quick one. I'm worried about the sensitivity when I take my bandage off. Would it be OK to keep it on just for tonight?
Dr. Khan: You can keep it unless you keep the bandage dry.
Patient: Afternoon Dr. As an update I have just taken my bandage off which was very hard as the dried blood had made everything stick so I had to soak it in the shower before very slowly taking it off. A bit scabby, hard, bruised and sensitive down there but I'm guessing that's normal. Got some tight underwear on which I will continue to keep doing for a few more days until I land in-----(abroad)
Patient: Also there is some seepage happening, I am not worried as it doesn't seem like a lot, I just notice every time I wipe after I go for a pee and can also see some residue on my underwear. Can you please confirm it is normal?
Dr. Khan: I will call u later (I have given a reassurance him that everything will be fine )
Patient: OK thanks
Patient: Hi Dr. Quick one, should I be showering everyday with soap on it?
Patient: Also can I send a picture of the top and bottom of it to make sure you're happy?
Dr. Khan: You can take shower regularly. It is not essential. Please DO NOT send the picture due to patient confidentiality. Internet or email is not safe to send these photos. I am happy to speak and advise you if there is any problem.
Patient: Ok, maybe a quick 1 minute call about the swelling to make sure it is safe. Thanks Dr
Patient: Just to say that I will be home all night packing so I shall keep my phone next to me when you are able to call. Thanks again
Patient: Morning Dr. As a concern/update, everyday is getting easier and less swollen bit by bit. I had a good look at it today and noticed that on the top the swollen skin underneath looks like it is stuck to the top skin, however around the frenelum the skin looks like it is separate. Both stitches are still in so I am not too worried but what do you think?
Patient: Dr. Just to say that I am now certain that a part of the skin to the left of the frenulum has come away or unstuck, as the rest of the area around the pe is is stuck to the inner skin and this part has small traces of blood under it and has movement. Is this going to be a problem or greatly increase the recovery time? As a note, I haven't touched, forced or played with any part of that, just realised after my daily check today. I am leaving everything alone like you've said
Patient: Ok I will buy some tomorrow and put on morning and evening. No shower for 2-3 days either. I will let you know if I am concerned and if you think I should come back to London so you can see me then let me know.
Patient: Hi Dr. Just an update. The skin wasn't coming away, it was all the dried blood on the glue which looked like it was part of the skin, it is half hanging off now so I'm going to start having showers again to loosen it all up and keep it clean. What are the timescales for the glue and 2 stitches to come out, by next week?
Dr. Khan: Glue will come off in next a few days. Stitches will takes 2-3 weeks. Bruising and swelling will go in 10-15 days.
Patient: Thanks for that Dr. I am usually very active so was wondering when you would say it is safe for me to start working out again? When I say safe I mean that there is no chance of me damaging anything or increasing my recovery time.
Dr. Khan: 3-4 weeks. If the wound is healed in 3 weeks time. It is OK to start gym.
Patient: OK, I'll call you when I'm back in the country next week to see my progress and ask a couple more time benchmark questions - thanks for the support Dr!
Patint: Hi dr is it ok if we speak tomorrow. I am back in the country now so got a few questions regarding one of the stitches and progress. Thanks
Dr. Khan: I will call you in the morning.
Patient: Thank you. Have a nice evening
Patient: Morning Dr. Just to say that all the stitches are out and glue is off. A few scabs left on the underneath which will hopefully go soon. Had a trace of blood from that area that didn't close properly this morning which is probably because I was a bit rougher with it than usual after my shower. I'm sure it is more of a surface cut now but is there anything I should be worried about? Also I was hoping to see a girlfriend next weekend - that should still be possible right?
Dr. Khan: Avoid any sexual activity for 6 weeks from day of operation. Nothing else to worry.
Patient: I thought it was 4 weeks?
Dr. Khan: If you have still blood, it is better 6 weeks. I am happy to see you on next Wednesday if you like.
Patient: OK, what time could you see me on Wednesday?
Dr. Khan: 4 pm
Patient: OK I will see you at the same hospital (clinic)
Dr. Khan: Your appointment is booked at 4.30pm at LEYTON Healthcare, 4th floor. Leyton, London E10 5 LG
Patient: I am in the waiting room
Dr. Khan: (I have seen him in the clinic. He has an excellent outcome)
Dr Khan: Please leave feedback on following link: http:/iwgc.net/eezh4
Patient: Dr Khan sorry it took me so long but I have now submitted a great review for you.
Dr. Khan: Thank you. Much appreciated.
Note: Name of the patient was removed to protect patient confidentiality and this correspondence was published with patient's written consent.