Phimosis is a congenital or acquired disorder in which the foreskin is too tight to be pulled over the glans of the penis, both during erection and at rest. Phimosis is also a condition in which the foreskin can be retracted into the retroglandular groove, however it causes pain and sense of pressure during erection.
Circumcision is a minor urological procedure. It is usually performed under a local anesthesia, during which an urologist punctures the base of a penis several times to administer anesthesia. Then, the excess of foreskin is cut off at the level of the retroglandular groove.
Usually, absorbable sutures are used, which dissolve spontaneously after 3 to 4 weeks postoperatively. The operation time is approximately 30 minutes. After the procedure, the dressing is placed over the penis, which should be changed the next day. The procedure usually does not require the hospitalization and the patient may be discharged home shortly after the procedure.
Recommendations after the phimosis surgery:
- Hygiene of the operated area (soap and water washing twice a day);
- Careful drying after every washing;
- Use of petroleum jelly for 5 to 7 days after the procedure;
- Urological control visit about 3 weeks after the procedure.