How can meatal stenosis be prevented?

There is no way to prevent meatal stenosis that is present at birth.

Choosing to leave the penis uncircumcised would eliminate most cases of meatal stenosis. However, not circumcising may slightly raise the risks of other health problems such as urinary tract infections in young boys, some sexually transmitted diseases in men, and penile cancer.

One possible alternative to circumcision is called preputial plasty, a plastic surgery that removes the foreskin of the penis in a less invasive way.

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