Tight Foreskin

When a foreskin is too tight to be pulled over the head of the penis, this can have an extremely negative effect on a man’s quality of life, and sex life.

Treatments for Tight Foreskin

  • Conservative measures (E45 aqueous cream wash/Vaseline/trim pubic hair)
  • Steroid creams (Dermovate for short periods)
  • Foreskin stretching exercises
  • If above fails or pathological phimosis
  • Consider surgery (Frenuloplasty or circumcision)


Simple operation that can be performed under local or general anaesthetic

A horizontal incision across the frenulum which is closed vertically

Risks of surgery:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Altered sensation (rarely numbness or increased sensitivity)
  • Scar formation
  • Failure to resolve the tight foreskin requiring circumcision

Circumcision (removal of foreskin)

Can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.

Day case surgery which takes 30-45 minutes.

Abnormal foreskin is removed and sent for pathological review.

The wound on the penis is closed with absorbable stitches.

Risks of surgery:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Meatal stenosis (rarely the external urethral opening can become scarred)
  • Altered sensation
  • 1% poor cosmesis requiring further revision surgery
  • Rarely urethral injury
  • Removing too much skin resulting in skin tightness during an erection

Post circumcision care:

  • Most men take 1 week off work after surgery
  • Can shower as normal but avoid soaking in the bath
  • After drying apply Vaseline to the head of the penis and wound unless given an antibiotic cream instead
  • Avoid sex for 4-6 weeks (until wounds healed)
  • Expect the penis to be swollen and bruised for at least a week
  • New post operative redness or purulent discharge is abnormal-seek a medical review/antibiotics

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