Yes, phimosis surgery can be performed on a circumcised individual. This is typically done in cases where the foreskin has become too tight or scarred to retract, even after circumcision.
There are two main types of phimosis surgery for circumcised men:
- Revision circumcision: This involves removing more of the foreskin than was originally removed during the circumcision.
- Frenuloplasty: This involves releasing the frenulum, a band of tissue that connects the underside of the foreskin to the glans penis. A frenuloplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with a revision circumcision.
The type of surgery that is best for you will depend on the severity of your phimosis and your individual anatomy.
Here are some of the reasons why phimosis surgery may be necessary in a circumcised man:
- Scarring: Scarring from the original circumcision can make the foreskin too tight or shortened.
- Buried penis: A buried penis is a condition in which the penis is partially or completely hidden beneath the skin and fat of the lower abdomen. This can be caused by excessive foreskin or scarring.
- Balanitis: Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans penis. It can be caused by poor hygiene, infection, or allergies. Phimosis can make it difficult to clean the glans penis, which can increase the risk of balanitis.
- Phimosis dolorosa: Phimosis dolorosa is a type of phimosis that is characterized by pain and inflammation of the foreskin. It is often caused by a buildup of smegma, a white, cheese-like substance that can form under the foreskin.
No, phimosis surgery is typically not performed on individuals who are already circumcised. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, and individuals who have undergone circumcision do not have a foreskin to treat or correct for phimosis. Phimosis is a condition characterized by a tight or constricted foreskin that cannot be easily retracted over the glans (head) of the penis. Circumcision, by definition, removes the foreskin, eliminating the issue of phimosis.
If an individual has been circumcised and is experiencing symptoms or issues related to the penis or genital area, they should consult with a healthcare provider for a proper evaluation and guidance. Surgical procedures related to the foreskin, such as circumcision or preputioplasty, are not applicable in cases where the foreskin has already been surgically removed. Any concerns or conditions should be addressed based on the individual’s specific circumstances and the recommendations of their healthcare provider.