Penoplasty for buried penis in infants and children: report of 100 cases

Pediatr Surg Int. 2009 Feb;25(2):175-80. doi: 10.1007/s00383-008-2283-9. Epub 2008 Nov 4.


Purpose: The aim of this study is to report single surgeon's experience in treatment of buried penis in children and describe the surgical technique which was developed by the senior author.

Methods: Described surgical technique avoids circumferential incision at the base of the penis and thus prevents formation of post-operative lymphedema. Repair is based on a vertical incision in median raphe, complete degloving of penis and tacking its base to prepubic fascia. Shaft skin is attached to base of penis with vertical mattress sutures.

Results: Patient age varied from 1 month to 11.4 years (mean 1.9 years). All patients had good to excellent outcome with uniformly improved visualization of penile shaft post-operatively. There was one case of wound infection successfully treated with oral antibiotics. Revisions were needed in 4% patients.

Conclusion: Surgical correction of buried penis in infants and children is safe and effective. Described technique is applicable for essentially all cases of congenital buried penis as well as for iatrogenically entrapped penis after circumcision. In our experience there were no additional procedures required to assure skin coverage of penile shaft.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Circumcision, Male / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Penile Diseases / etiology
  • Penile Diseases / surgery*
  • Penis / abnormalities*
  • Penis / surgery*
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male / methods*