Circumcision revision surgery may be uncommon but sometimes very necessary.
So whether you have concerns about it or are not pleased with your previous circumcision, our cosmetic urology specialists at Urology of Greater Atlanta are here to help.
What Is Circumcision Revision
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin on the penis. Usually, the operation happens soon after a male child is born.
But you can choose to have a circumcision as an adult. Revision circumcisions improve the skin on your penis and correct issues from an original circumcision.
Though these procedures typically happen while a male is an infant, you can have a circumcision revision as an adult.
Reasons for Circumcision Revisions
The most common reason to need a circumcision revision is encountering an issue after the initial circumcision.
The presence of too much or too little foreskin after neonatal circumcision is the most common example. This can cause cosmetic and health problems in the long run.
However, you can have a circumcision revision if your penis does not look right. For example, chronic skin infections and cracking, thick foreskin, or a buried penis are concerns that can be corrected with a circumcision revision.
Benefits of Circumcision and Circumcision Revisions
Circumcision 1 is a surgical procedure that removes the skin covering the tip of the penis, also known as the foreskin. It can have religious or cultural motivations or be a family tradition. But circumcisions also provide various medical benefits.
In particular, circumcision can reduce the risk of transmitting certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Circumcision can also decrease your risk of urinary tract infections 2 and penile cancer. Although these conditions are uncommon, they are less common in circumcised men.
In addition, cervical cancer is also less common in female sexual partners.
Ultimately, circumcision helps you in the long run by preventing penile problems. However, sometimes, it gets difficult or even impossible to retract the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis.
Left untreated, this can lead to inflammation of the head of the penis or the foreskin.
The expert urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta recommend getting a circumcision revision to correct concerns about your previous circumcision. If you suspect that something is wrong with the skin of your penis, contact your urologist to schedule a consultation.
Do You Need Circumcision Revision?
You should seek medical attention for yourself or your child if you notice any of the following issues.
Don’t wait to see if the problem will fix itself, as this might worsen the condition.
- Redundant foreskin happens when there is too much foreskin left after an original circumcision. In addition, scar tissue may form and grow as an infant grows and develops fat around the penis.
- A buried penis occurs when the penis falls back into the fatty area around it and traps it. A buried penis makes it difficult to urinate and can increase your risk of getting a skin infection around the penis.
- A penile skin bridge develops when the tip of the penis gets attached to the shaft of the penis.
If you think you have any of these issues, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
To prepare for a circumcision revision, you need to have your blood pressure checked. Certain groups with low blood pressure might not make a good candidate for a circumcision revision.
Most of this preparation takes place within the office performing your circumcision revision.
However, you won’t have to make specific preparations as long as you are under local anesthesia. If you are not under anesthesia, your urologist should review the preparations you must make leading up to the procedure.
Although the circumcision revision procedure is more complex for adults, it is still considered outpatient surgery. Therefore, you can go home to recover from your surgical procedure. But you need to follow the instructions that your urologist gives you.
Full recovery can take 2-4 weeks, and your erectile functions should work. You will need to refrain from sexual activities for about two weeks after your procedure. Avoid swimming or going to the beach. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your urologist.