What is phimosis?

Phimosis is a condition that affects some uncircumcised boys and men when the foreskin of the penis cannot be retracted back easily or without trauma or at all.

What are the treatments for phimosis?

Phimosis can be treated medically with certain creams that can be prescribed by a urologist or a medical doctor.  Certain creams and ointments (topical steroids) can be effective in a significant number of boys and men.  These can be prescribed only by physician.   It requires daily care of the penis.   In men and boys who are not willing to be treated with cream-based treatment or who do not benefit from cream-based treatment, circumcision or ‘dorsal-slit” procedure can provide an effective treatment.

What are the complications of circumcision?

There are a number of complications that can be associated with circumcision.  Usual surgical complications such as a surgical infection and bleeding can occur but not common.  Poor healing results with scarring can occur after circumcision especially in men with predisposition to scar formation or keloid formation.  Meatal stenosis (narrowing of urethra) can occur in some boys and men after circumcision which may require treatment with steroidal cream, a meatotomy or additional treatment.  Removal of too much skin or too little skin can lead to excessive tension and tightness or redundant skin respectively.