Overview of the surgery:
Frenuloplasty is a male surgical procedure to re-suture a short penile frenulum in a lengthwise fashion.
An operation use to cut and lengthen your frenulum, which is the small tag of skin on the underside of your penis, between your foreskin and the shaft of your penis. If the frenulum is short or torn, you may have problems pulling your foreskin back.
The problem lies in the foreskin. The foreskin is the sleeve of loose skin which covers the bulb end of the penis (the glans). One end of the sleeve grows from the base of the glans. The other end lies freely over the glans to protect it.
Sometimes the foreskin is very tightly fixed to the under surface of the penis. This can cause discomfort and sometimes pain or minor bleeding during intercourse.
During the procedure:
- The surgeon will use local anesthesia or general anesthesia depends on the patient preference.
- The surgeon cut a straight line on top of the frenulum, then the surgeon pull it like a diamond shape then stitch at the center.
You might feel dizzy and tired when you go home after the operation if you have had a general anesthetic. Please rest for the remainder of the day and following day to help recovery. You may also have:
- Swelling you can expect a little swelling and bruising at the wound site. There may also be a bit of oozing yellow coloured fluid.
- Stitches these will dissolve or fall out on their own about 14 to 21 days after the operation. Some parts of the stiches may take up to 6 weeks to dissolve. They do not need to be removed.
- A dressing over the wound this will fall off on its own and does not normally need to be replaced. If the dressing does not fall off on its own you may remove it in the bath or shower the day after your operation.
It is possible you may have some bleeding from the foreskin, although this is unusual. If cleaning does occur, use a clean cloth and press firmly on the area for 15 minutes. If it doesn’t stop you will need to go to your nearest A&E department.
Please do not have sexual intercourse for six weeks after the operation. This will:
- Help your wound to heal
- Help to avoid infection
- Help to lower the risk of bleeding