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Frenuloplasty in Uncircumcised Penis

Overview

If an uncircumcised man has a problem with his foreskin (the loose skin that covers the end of the penis) such that it is very tightly attached to the undersurface of the glans of the penis, it can cause difficulty in movement of the skin as well as pain during erections. A foreskin that is tight enough to restrict movement is commonly known as a frenulum breve. This is remedied by a procedure called a frenuloplasty, where the tightness and restriction is removed. While circumcision can help this condition, frenuloplasty is a specialized technique that seeks to treat solely this condition while preserving the foreskin. After a few weeks and the incision healed, the patient will experience reduced or no pain with erections, will have more enjoyable sexual intercourse, and will feel an increase in the range of motion for the penile skin.



Surgery Expectations

After the short surgery, there will be some discomfort, but very little severe pain. Anesthetics will reduce discomfort, but may leave the patient drowsy, so driving should be avoided for a period of 24 hours after the surgery. Most patients return home within two hours of the procedure and while there is several sutures involved in the procedure, they usually dissolve or drop out within a week of the procedure. The wound may be washed with soap and water as early as 24 hours after the surgery. Soreness may linger for one or two weeks, but after two weeks a normal level of activity should be expected, with sexual activity possible within two to three weeks. Complications are rare, and are usually no more serious than a slight bleeding in the incision.

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