Circumcision is a procedure wherein the foreskin on the glans of the penis is removed surgically. Circumcision can be performed on toddlers, children, adolescents, and even adults. There are different reasons why men prefer to get circumcised but medically there are multiple benefits of getting circumcised. Removal of the foreskin reduces the risk of penile cancer, the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, or other penis-related infections.
What is circumcision revision?
Circumcision revision refers to performing the circumcision surgery again on an already circumcised person. This is performed when the previous surgery was botched up or when the right amount of foreskin is not removed. Re-circumcision surgery is performed in the following conditions:
- Redundant foreskin. Typically this doesn’t happen but when the urologist or sexologist is not well trained or for some reason, leaves behind more foreskin, a re-circumcision surgery may be needed. The foreskin left can cause scar tissue to form ad as the person grows (when done on children), fat develops around the shaft of the penis.
- Buried penis. A re-circumcision surgery may be required when the fat tissue surrounding the penis overgrows, ‘trapping’ the penis inside it. This is a typical case of a buried penis. A buried penis can make urination difficult which in turn increases the chance of penile infection or infection of the skin around it.
- Development of penile skin bridge. This is not a common scenario. In some kids who got circumcised, the skin grows under the penis and gets connected to the tip of the penis head. As a result, when the penis becomes erect, the head part of the penis may be bent and making it painful to have sex.
After the circumcision surgery and when the area is completely healed, it is important to make a visit to your sexologist just to make sure that everything is fine.
How is re-circumcision surgery performed?
How the re-circumcision (or circumcision revision) surgery is done depends on the issue at hand. In the case of the redundant foreskin, a technique called ‘sleeve surgical technique’ is performed. In sleeve surgical technique, the foreskin is cut at the right place on the shaft and that foreskin is removed as a sleeve through the head of the penis. The area is then sutured or a tight dressing will be done to prevent bleeding.
The techniques used depend on the age, reason for circumcision revision surgery, and patient’s medical condition.
Should you opt for circumcision revision surgery?
If you think that you still have excess foreskin even after getting circumcised or if you have any difficulty having sex or if you have trouble taking the penis out of the pelvis region, you must see your sexologist or a good sex specialist near you.