Part 2: The Op, Recovery, and more
I PM'd Westskipper one weekend, got some replies within 48 hrs, contacted the private clinic the next day, and although I didn't hear anything back initially once I got a reply I was suddenly booked in for the next weekend. I had been advised that I would likely be able to return to work on the tuesday (bank holiday weekend) after the saturday op, but I got a doctors note in case I wasn't up to it.
Arriving into the clinic, the doc listened to me and agreed that a partial circumcision would likely be sufficient. I hadn't really been that nervous up until that point, probably because it was something I was ready for and wanted. I had thought that it would be a local anaesthetic and was a bit nervous about that, but on the day I was informed it would be a general. I hadn't anticipated that, and for the first time I became a bit nervous in case something went wrong. Obviously it all went fine and next thing I knew he was all done and I was bandaged up. I felt no pain and was surprised at how easy it was to walk around without discomfort. My wife had driven me and we drove back without issue. I was given anaestethic cream and some pain killers. I never used the cream and after about 36 hrs I didn't need the pain killers which were used just to ease the discomfort rather than pain. Coincidentally I came down with flu so I decided to stay off work for the week, but it wouldn't have been necessary if I didn't want.
Over the next few days, morning erections were quite uncomfortable and this began to 'grow' (no pun intended) as an issue the longer I went without sexual activity. About 7 days after the op I couldn't wait any longer and needed to masturbate. It was definitely the weirdest masturbation session I've ever experienced. Using some internet porn to speed up the process, I was only able to ever so slightly rub myself, half due to discomfort and half due to fear. Eventually this was enough to cause ejaculation and it was such a release! I really needed it. However in addition, the pressure at the point of ejaculation caused a sharp brief pain in the foreskin and I think it was cause I snapped one of the stitches. The foreskin actually felt better after this, and my recovery went quite well from this point on.
Cutting to the chase, I was told I should be right as rain after 6 to 8 weeks, but after 12 I was still 'tight'. My foreskin now sat lower than previous when flaccid and a little further back when erect but ultimately it still wouldnt retract fully without the same effort and patience as before. I emailed the doctor my concerns and he asked to see some photos as I live too far for a quick consultation. As weird as it was, I took pictures and emailed them to him. He agreed that the operation had not been successful, and recommended I come back asap for a 'modification'. I was frustrated but agreed to this.
This time it was a local anaesthetic and it was quite a weird experience to be awake while he performed this minor cosmetic surgery. It's hard to describe in text exactly what he did, but if anyone is interested I can try. 20 mins later I was out the door and didn't need any pain killers etc this time. Recovery was only supposed to take 10 days but again things did not seem to be right for me. Retraction of the foreskin was definitely now easier, but it was still a bit tighter than I thought it should be, and after about 3 weeks had passed, after a morning erection I woke to some stinging. I examined and could see the foreskin had again torn, but this time from hardly any significant activity. I was really frustrated and angry.
I was now 4 months and 2 ops after 'the end of my problems' and still seemingly no better off. I tried to remain calm and give it a few days as I was busy with work and personal stuff so I knew I could do nothing about it for now anyway. The same thing happened again 5 days later. I immediately contacted the doctor via email and let him know exactly how frustrated and unhappy I was and demanded that he outline exactly what we needed to do to resolve things once and for all from here. In fairness to him he agreed to do this but after a phone call he asked me to allow the foreskin to regenerate for up to another 4 weeks and if I still wasn't happy he would do whatever was necessary at that point. Reluctantly I agreed.
Miraculously, (hyperbole I know, but that's how it felt) that was the last set back I had. It's now about 6 weeks later and I've *touch wood* had no issues since. I intend posting a third time soon to outline how things are now in more detail and a few other bits and pieces. If anyone has any questions, I'll try to answer them there as well.