How do you cure phimosis? When is an operation necessary? How can you recognise it? These are the most frequently asked questions on the internet about phimosis.
Before talking about the treatment of phimosis it is important to describe what phimosis is, and what its various origins are. Phimosis is a condition of the male penis that leads to an inability to uncover the glans due to a more or less evident constriction of the foreskin.
At birth, all new-borns have natural balanced adhesions that serve to protect the penis. As they approach 3 or 4 years of age, the penis begins to grow, as does the foreskin, which removes these adhesions. In 1% of cases, however, the foreskin does not grow as much as the penis. Because of this, the glans cannot be uncovered, due to a lack of tissue in the foreskin, and we then refer to it as congenital phimosis.
At other times however, the phimosis arises in adulthood, as a result of an infection of the prepuce or the glans. Even if the infection is treated, it can leave scars that tend to harden over time, leading to the formation of a ring of inelastic phimotic tissue, called a phimotic ring. This creates a “loop” of hard skin that prevents you uncovering the glans. Finally, depending on the severity of the condition, we refer to tightened or non-tightened phimosis.
So, before talking about the cure for phimosis, it’s important to understand what type of phimosis we will be dealing with.