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When is a Circumcision Revision Necessary?

So you or your son has undergone a previous circumcision. Have you noticed something might be wrong with the circumcision site, or maybe something just seems “off”? 

The following are indications that a circumcision revision may be required.

If you suspect any complications following your circumcision, no matter when it was performed, please contact your physician immediately as the problem will not resolve on its own and may worsen over time. 

Practitioner Inexperience 

The most common reason for a circumcision revision is practitioner inexperience.

Circumcisions are a relatively simple and straightforward procedure. However, the procedure does require skill and precision to achieve the best outcomes.

A novice or someone without the proper medical education and should performed the procedure. 

It’s important to understand the normal penile anatomy and the differences in anatomy from patient to patient.

This practice enables a skilled doctor to alter the technique during the procedure so the patient can still experience great results. 

Redundant Foreskin 

In this case, too much foreskin has been left behind, partially or completely covering the glans (head) of the penis when the penis is not erect.

Having too much foreskin can lead to inflammation, infection, and a poor cosmetic appearance. 

Extensive Scarring 

A circumcision performed by an unskilled practitioner can often result in visible scarring, including scars that are elevated, crooked, or thick. 

In most cases, scarring is purely a cosmetic concern, which is still considered a serious matter for most males. However, there may be enough scar tissue to cause painful “bowing” and curvature during erection and sexual activity. 


Adhesions are fibrous bands of tissue or “skin bridges.” They can form during the healing process, joining the rim of the head of the penis to the circumcision scar, and can cause substantial pain and discomfort during erections. 

Frenulum Breve 

Another common condition that requires adult circumcision revision is a short frenulum, also known as a frenulum breve.

A frenulum is a fibrous band of tissue that connects one part of your anatomy to another. The band of tissue that connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth is a type of frenulum. 

The penis also has a frenulum. It’s located beneath the head (glans) and helps retract or pull back the foreskin during erection.

When this frenulum is too short, the foreskin does not easily retract, and tension develops, often causing pain and sometimes tears in the skin 

Frenulum breve can be easily corrected with a simple procedure called a frenectomy. Sometimes referred to as a frenectomy, frenulectomy, or frenotomy, this procedure restructures the frenulum, so it doesn’t tug and pull. 

We Can Help! 

No one wants to have to undergo a repair of a prior surgery. When it comes to circumcision repair, the good news is most procedures produce excellent outcomes.

Call our office today at 310-559-8000 and schedule a confidential evaluation to learn more about circumcision revision and how it could help you. 

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