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. 2003 Sep;96(9):452-3.
doi: 10.1258/jrsm.96.9.452.

Is Preputioplasty Effective and Acceptable?

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Is Preputioplasty Effective and Acceptable?

N J Barber et al. J R Soc Med. .
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Foreskin complaints in childhood, if not manageable conservatively, are usually treated by circumcision. A less radical surgical option, when balanitis xerotica obliterans is absent, is preputioplasty. We sent questionnaires to the parents of 23 boys who had had this procedure and 22 replied. Mean interval since operation was 20 months (range 3-36). The main indications for surgery had been irretractable foreskin in 9, recurrent balanoposthitis in 10 and ballooning on voiding in 3 and the operation had dealt successfully with these in 7, 7, and 3, respectively. In all but one case the parents were satisfied with the cosmetic result. However, in 8 cases (36%) the parents said they would have preferred circumcision and 3 of the boys had been listed for further surgery. Preputioplasty is a satisfactory alternative to circumcision in selected cases.


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Figure 1
Preputioplasty with dorsal incision

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  • Preputioplasty.
    Lane T, South M. Lane T, et al. J R Soc Med. 2003 Dec;96(12):619. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.96.12.619. J R Soc Med. 2003. PMID: 14645625 Free PMC article. No abstract available.
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    Thiruchelvam N, Nayak P, Mostafid H. Thiruchelvam N, et al. J R Soc Med. 2004 Apr;97(4):205-6. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.97.4.205. J R Soc Med. 2004. PMID: 15056750 Free PMC article. No abstract available.

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