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Phimosis surgery: risks and recovery

Phimosis surgery, also called circumcision or postectomy, aims to remove excess skin from the penis and is done not only to prevent penile cancer but also to prevent urinary infections and sexually transmitted diseases.

Phimosis surgery is done with general or local anesthesia and is a safe and simple method performed by a urologist or pediatric surgeon, and is commonly indicated for boys between 7 and 10 years of age, but it can also be performed in adolescence, although recovery may be more painful.

Phimosis surgery: risks and recovery

How is recovery from phimosis surgery

The recovery after surgery is relatively quick and in about 10 days there is no pain or bleeding, but by the 8th day there may be a slight discomfort and bleeding resulting from the erections that may occur during sleep and this is why it is recommended you do this surgery even in childhood, because it is an easier situation to control.

After surgery the doctor may recommend changing the dressing the next morning by gently removing the gauze and then rinsing the area with soap and water, being careful not to bleed. At the end, apply the anesthetic ointment recommended by your doctor and cover with a sterile gauze, so that it is always dry. The stitches are usually removed on the 8th day.

To recover faster from a circumcision it is recommended you:

  • Avoid exertion during the first 3 days and rest;
  • Put an ice pack on the spot to decrease swelling or when it hurts;
  • Take painkillers prescribed by your doctor;
  • Do not have sex for at least 1 month after surgery.

After this period of rest and care, the man can observe the final result of the surgery, with greater ease to check his glans.

Possible risks of this surgery

This surgery, when performed in a hospital setting, has few health risks and is well tolerated and rapidly recovered. However, although uncommon, complications such as bleeding, infection, narrowing of the urethral meatus, excessive or insufficient prepuce removal and preputial asymmetry may arise, with possible need for further surgery.

Benefits of a Postectomy

The aim of postectomy is to remove the excess skin that covers the penis, called the foreskin, facilitating the exposure of the glans. Performing this procedure has some health benefits for men, such as:

  • Easier to perform intimate hygiene, completely removing the smegma, which is a secretion that accumulates between the skin and the glans;
  • Decreased risk of genital infection;
  • Reduced risk of urinary tract infection;
  • Prevention of penile cancer;
  • Reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HPV and HIV, for example, however the surgery does not exempt the need to use a condom in every intimate contact to be completely protected from STIs.

After the foreskin removal, the surgeon places stitches in the region to make recovery quicker and future infections can be avoided. Learn everything about phimosis and how the treatment is done.

Bibliography >

  • MINISTÉRIO DA SAÚDE. Fimose. Available on: <http://portalms.saude.gov.br/saude-de-a-z/fimose>. Access in 03 Apr 2019
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