Penile frenuloplasty is a surgical procedure to lengthen or remove the frenulum, a band of tissue that connects the foreskin to the underside of the glans penis (head of the penis). It is most commonly performed to treat frenulum breve, a condition in which the frenulum is too short and tight.
There are several reasons why someone might need penile frenuloplasty:
- Painful erections: Frenulum breve can cause pain during erections, especially during sexual activity. This is because the tight frenulum can pull on the foreskin and cause tearing.
- Premature ejaculation: Frenulum breve can also contribute to premature ejaculation. This is because the tight frenulum can increase sensitivity and make it difficult for the man to control his ejaculation.
- Difficulty retracting the foreskin: Frenulum breve can make it difficult to retract the foreskin, which can lead to hygiene problems and increase the risk of balanitis (inflammation of the glans penis) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans penis and foreskin).
- Tearing and bleeding of the frenulum: Frenulum breve can make the frenulum more likely to tear and bleed during sexual activity or other activities.
- Scarring of the frenulum: Scarring of the frenulum can also cause pain and difficulty retracting the foreskin.
In some cases, frenuloplasty may also be performed to treat other conditions, such as a condition called Peyronie’s disease, which causes curvature of the penis.
Penile frenuloplasty is a relatively simple and safe procedure. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and most patients are able to go home the same day as the surgery. Recovery time is typically short, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few weeks.
There are several reasons why someone might need or choose to undergo penile frenuloplasty:
- Frenulum Breve: Frenulum breve is a medical condition in which the frenulum of the penis is too short or tight. This can cause discomfort or pain during sexual activity because it restricts the movement of the foreskin or the glans, leading to tension and sometimes tearing of the frenulum. Frenuloplasty can alleviate this issue by lengthening or releasing the frenulum to improve mobility and reduce tension.
- Pain or Discomfort: Some individuals may experience recurrent pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse due to the tightness of the frenulum. This can negatively impact sexual satisfaction and overall quality of life, and penile frenuloplasty can provide relief in such cases.
- Sexual Dysfunction: A tight or short frenulum can contribute to sexual dysfunction, such as difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, premature ejaculation, or difficulty with penetration. Frenuloplasty may be recommended as a treatment option to address these issues and improve sexual function.
- Cosmetic Concerns: Some individuals may seek penile frenuloplasty for cosmetic reasons. They may be dissatisfied with the appearance of their penis due to the tight frenulum or prefer a different aesthetic outcome. In such cases, the procedure can be performed to achieve the desired cosmetic result.