How is buried penis treated?

Buried penis can be difficult to treat both in children and adults. The treatment depends on the underlying cause. In infants and children, sometimes the condition goes away on its own. If buried penis occurs in adult men or does not resolve on its own in children, surgery may be needed. Each situation is different so there is no one surgical technique that applies to every case. However, types of surgery include:

  • Removing scar tissue
  • Detaching the ligament that attaches the base of the penis to the pubic bone
  • Suction lipectomy, or the removal of fat cells using surgical suction catheters inserted through tiny incisions
  • Abdominoplasty, a procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area; also called a “tummy tuck”
  • Pannulectomy, or the removal of the pannus (excess skin and fatty tissue that hangs down over the genitals and/or thighs)
  • Escutheonectomy, or the removal of the fat pad above the pubic area
  • Skin grafts to cover areas of the penis where skin coverage is lacking

Buried penis also may be treated with:

  • Medications: A doctor may prescribe drugs if buried penis has caused an infection in the genital region.
  • Weight loss: Obese patients usually are encouraged to lose weight before having surgery. Although weight loss alone is not likely to solve the problem, it can make complications during and after surgery less likely. Weight loss and nutritional counseling can help patients before and after surgery.
  • Psychological counseling: Mental health professionals may address issues such as depression, sexual dysfunction, and low self-esteem.

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