Performing a circumcision produces significant discomfort if done without the use of an anesthetic. Anesthetic medications taken by mouth, injected or inhaled will alleviate pain. Circumcisions for older children can be performed under local or general anesthesia.
Local anesthesia involves the injection of an anesthetic medication on or around a nerve to control pain in a specific area of the body. They are used in combination with a sedative medication for pain control during circumcision. They work by temporarily blocking the pain pathways that connect the spinal cord to the brain. For this reason, pain sensation is not recognized. After the procedure is completed, oral pain relievers are prescribed to ensure a pain-free healing process. Local anesthesia is a safe and effective choice for those who do not desire general (sleep) anesthesia. Fortunately, side effects to local anesthetics are extremely rare but could include a possible allergic reaction. The majority of these reactions will be a skin rash, with or without itching symptoms.
Oral Pain Relievers
After the procedure, your doctor will prescribe a narcotic pain medication such as Vicodin® or Codeine. You may substitute or combine an extra-strength version of Tylenol® or Motrin® (under doctor supervision) to help ensure pain-free healing. This is usually continued for up to 24hrs.
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