What are the surgical options for my phimosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are three main surgical options for people with phimosis. The most extreme is circumcision, which removes the foreskin completely. It generally has the most bleeding, pain, risk of complications, and recovery time of the three options, but it also is the only 100 percent cure for phimosis. Less risky and painful is the dorsal slit procedure. This involves a lengthy incision in the foreskin to make the opening large enough that the foreskin can retract. The least extreme option is preputioplasty, which is similar to the dorsal slit, except the incision is shorter. Dorsal slit and preputioplasty are less risky, but because these two options leave the foreskin attached, there is a chance that phimosis will occur again.

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