Redundant prepuce is an excess amount of foreskin – the foreskin completely covers the top of your penis when it’s not erect. Not being able to fully withdraw the foreskin from the head of your penis could lead to health problems. A second circumcision, a circumcision revision, to remove the foreskin may need to be considered.
The skin on the head of a penis is called the foreskin. Another name for foreskin is prepuce. A redundant prepuce means that there is an excess amount of foreskin – the foreskin completely covers the head of the penis when it is not erect. In some boys and men, this extra foreskin can sometimes lead to health problems if it can’t be fully drawn back from the head of the penis. In this case, the foreskin may need to be surgically removed.
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Getting circumcised (surgical removal of the foreskin) is a procedure decided by the parents of a newborn son, or by the son himself if older. Circumcision can be a controversial procedure for some. The decision for circumcision or revision is best made by parents and/or male after a conversation with the surgeon.
Most male babies in the United States and the Middle East are circumcised (rates are much lower in Latin America, Europe, and Asia). Most of these procedures are done correctly. However, sometimes not enough of the foreskin is removed. When this happens, your child’s penis will look unusual since it is not fully circumcised or uncircumcised. You (the parents) or son (if older) may choose to have a second circumcision either to improve the appearance of the penis or to avoid (or lower the risk) of some of the problems that can occur in uncircumcised males. These problems include:
Having a second circumcision is often called “circumcision revision.” It is uncommon but sometimes necessary.
Studies show that if a child has too much foreskin after a first circumcision, it is best not to wait too long to correct it. The problem typically will only get worse if not treated. Boys do not “grow into” a longer-than-usual foreskin.
Circumcision revision is most often done by a urologist (doctor who specializes in treating male reproductive organs) in a hospital. General anesthesia is usually needed.
The sleeve surgical technique, in which the foreskin is removed from its pulled-back position, is most commonly used when males have too much foreskin. Other techniques may be used depending on the reason for the revision and the boy’s/man’s age. A urologist will be able to decide the type of revision that is best.
Circumcision revision usually is very successful. Your son’s urologist can review the benefits your son can expect to receive.
The line of absorbable stitches (stitches that don’t need to be removed) is covered with an antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. The dressing is usually left on for 24 to 48 hours. After that time, the dressing is removed and antibiotic ointment is continued to be used for the first seven to 10 days to prevent the stitches from sticking to diapers or underwear.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/08/2020.
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