Phimosis is a condition of the penis where the foreskin cannot be fully retracted.
In phimosis, the opening of the foreskin is too narrow to allow the head of the penis to come out.
Phimosis is normal in the newborn and disappears around the age of 13.
Phimosis causes difficulty in urination and sexual intercourse. Phimosis can be produced by:
1. The tip of the foreskin is too narrow.
2. The inner surface of the foreskin is attached to the glans. This is normal in children and abnormal in adults.
3. The frenum of the penis is too short to allow complete retraction of the foreskin.
4. Phimosis can also be produced by fibrous rings originating from chronic inflammation.
The complications of phimosis are penile infections, urinary tract infections and painful intercourse.
Surgical methods range from circumcision or complete removal of the foreskin, leaving the glans permanently and fully exposed.
The resection of the foreskin may also be partial, only where the narrowing is, and the rest of the foreskin may be preserved.
At Hoogstra Medical Center we perform these procedures with Carbon Dioxide Laser.
The advantage that this procedure has compare to the conventional surgery are given because the laser cuts and coagulates more precisely, produces less residual damage, which leads to this procedure:
- Less painful.
- Lower recovery time.
- Lower rate of complications.
- It can be done with local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis.
Paraphimosis is when the narrow foreskin is located behind the glans. This situation may in some circumstances cause a surgical urgency because the compression of the glans can lead to its vascular suffering.
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