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Treatment of phimosis

Phimosis, or narrowing of the foreskin, is a condition in which there is a very narrow opening in the prepuce that does not allow for its easy retraction. This can cause great discomfort during sex and difficulty when urinating. Such a narrowing of the foreskin can also increase the risk of inflammation of the glans and foreskin, as well as urinary tract infections, penile cancer, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and therefore it must be treated.

Foreskin narrowing can either be congenital or acquired due to inflammation or injury. It is normal for the foreskin not to fully retract in a boy under 5 years of age; however, if the problem persists, surgery will be required. Phimosis can be treated initially with medication and by foreskin stretching, but if these treatments do not prove helpful, surgery should follow. According to the experts, this is the most effective way of addressing the problem of a narrowed foreskin.

The phimosis surgical treatment is performed under local anaesthesia, although a general anaesthesia may sometimes be used. During the procedure, part or all of the foreskin will be removed.