Phimosis is a medical condition where it is difficult or impossible to retract the foreskin. It can be caused by medical conditions like balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) and also poor hygiene, not pulling back the foreskin and cleaning the area and allowing smegma to build up.
Locations: Calvary Bruce Private Hospital, Canberra Private Hospital, Calvary John James Hospital
Once under general anaesthesia, Dr Al-Sameraaii will apply local block anaesthetic around the pubic area for postoperative pain relief.
Dr Al-Sameraaii may need to do a gentle stretching of the foreskin to facilitate cleaning away entrapped smegma. Once clean, a dorsal slit may be applied to fit the plastibell under the foreskin. The plastibell is inserted under the foreskin, protecting the inner glans penis. A suture is then tied around the foreskin onto the plastibell. The suture stops blood flow to the lower part of the foreskin and the excess skin is then cut off painlessly.
The procedure takes no longer than 10 minutes once under anaesthesia.
The plastibell and suture will fall off within 7-10 days with all skin below and this creates a good cosmetic outcome thanks to the suture.