Preputioplasty: Why You Might Need It?


Preputioplasty, also known as prepuce reduction and circumcision revision, is a minor procedure that has been gaining popularity recently among men who have undergone circumcision. As with most surgeries, preputioplasty comes with its own set of risks, including infection and excessive bleeding, but it has been shown to be helpful in relieving some of the more common effects of male circumcision, such as discomfort and painful erections. If you think you might be interested in undergoing preputioplasty, talk to your doctor about your concerns and which option may be right for you.

What are the complications with a foreskin?

A foreskin may seem like a helpful part of your anatomy, but sometimes it can cause you physical problems. Skin is prone to infections, and uncircumcised males are more susceptible to urinary tract infections, according to Mayo Clinic. Uncircumcised men also have a higher chance of developing penile cancer than those who have been circumcised do. In fact, 12 of every 100 uncircumcised men will develop penile cancer in their lifetimes compared with only one in 1,000 circumcised men.

What is preputioplasty exactly and what does it involve?

Preputioplasty, or prepuce plasty, is a procedure that aims to improve conditions of your penis foreskin. Foreskin conditions include phimosis, balanitis and paraphimosis. Phimosis refers to an abnormal tightening of your foreskin that makes it difficult or painful to retract your foreskin. Balanitis refers to inflammation of your penis head and paraphimosis occurs when your retracted foreskin gets stuck behind your penis head resulting in pain.

Will it affect my ability to have sex or use a urinal after surgery?

The straight answer to the questions is no. Many patients have been able to return to these activities within a few days after surgery. Your surgeon will discuss your specific situation during your consultation. Preputioplasty and urethroplasty are performed as outpatient procedures, meaning you’ll be able to go home on the same day that you’re admitted into our office.

In some cases, we may admit you overnight for observation, but most people can leave directly from their appointment with us. This also means that there is little downtime associated with Preputioplasty and urethroplasty, and that most people are able to return to work just one or two days later.

How can I prepare for this operation if I choose to have it done?

Any patient who is considering Preputioplasty should first visit a urologist to discuss their concerns. Your doctor can help you better understand whether or not Preputioplasty is right for you and your situation. If you decide that you do want to have an operation, take time to research your options and plan ahead of time to ensure that everything goes smoothly on your big day.

Make sure you’re well-rested and hydrated before surgery so that it runs as smoothly as possible. You should also make sure to bring all necessary medications with you on surgery day, such as blood thinners or anti-anxiety medication if necessary. When in doubt about anything related to your procedure, ask! Your surgeon will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Preputioplasty or other surgical procedures.

What happens after my surgery, how long will it take me to recover from preputioplasty?

The recovery time for most men after preputioplasty surgery is around 2-3 weeks. The length of your recovery will vary depending on your specific condition, but most patients can expect to have healed completely after about a month.  During that time, you’ll want to make sure you don’t put any undue stress or strain on your penis. Your doctor may recommend using an ice pack several times per day to reduce swelling and pain; as well as over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Will I experience pain during my recovery period after the surgery has been done?

Before, during and after your surgery, you will experience an average level of discomfort. During your recovery period, you can expect some pain in your genitals. If you are worried that you might not be able to handle moderate pain levels, then it is best that you discuss this with your doctor before undergoing a preputioplasty procedure. This way, you can have your expectations set properly.

There are many different factors which determine whether or not a patient experiences discomfort after their surgery has been performed. For example, if you have had previous surgeries done on your groin area or if there was trauma sustained to that area from an accident or injury, then it is likely that there will be more pain than usual following a preputioplasty procedure.

What results should I expect from undergoing this procedure?

If you’re a man who’s experiencing recurrent infections in your urethra, there’s a chance you might be suffering from phimosis. If so, preputioplasty can help reduce that discomfort and give you more confidence as well. In addition, after preputioplasty, you may find that it’s easier to clean yourself after urination. And most importantly, when you seek out our top-notch professionals for Health & Surgery , your comfort is our number one priority. That means we won’t perform any surgery without ensuring you’ve fully understood what needs to happen beforehand.


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