Your penis and scrotum are connected by skin. Sometimes, that skin is connected too high on your penis, creating a web-like appearance. Webbed penis is rare, but it’s usually present at birth (congenital). Sometimes it happens when too much skin is removed during circumcision. Surgery called scrotoplasty can treat it.
Webbed penis is when skin from your scrotum is attached too high on your penis. This creates a web-like appearance when you pull your penis away from your scrotum. Webbed penis is also called penoscrotal webbing (PSW) and congenital penile scrotal fusion.
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During childhood, webbed penis (penoscrotal webbing) doesn’t typically cause problems. But it can cause painful erections and make sexual intercourse challenging. Many people pursue treatment to relieve erection pain and for cosmetic reasons.
Yes, penoscrotal webbing is rare. There is little research about the prevalence of webbed penis, but one study of 5,881 newborns found that about 4% had the condition.
If you’re concerned you might have a webbed penis, you can:
To know for sure if you have webbed penis, consult your healthcare provider who can confirm the diagnosis and recommend treatment.
There are two types of webbed penis:
Your healthcare provider can diagnose webbed penis through a physical examination.
Surgery on your scrotum (scrotoplasty) is the most common treatment for webbed penis. During the surgery, your healthcare provider cuts the skin connecting your scrotum to your penis, then reconnects it in the proper location using stitches (sutures).
This procedure creates a typical penis/scrotum angle. It also eliminates uncomfortable or painful erections and any cosmetic concerns. If you have penoscrotal webbing but you’re not bothered by it, there’s no need to pursue surgery.
Yes, scrotoplasty is the standard treatment for both congenital and acquired cases of webbed penis.
You will feel discomfort or mild pain for at least three to five days after scrotoplasty. It takes several weeks to recover. During that time, you can expect mild scrotal swelling and discomfort. Follow steps for incision care. Use a support garment like a jockstrap to reduce movement.
Complete recovery and healing take about six weeks. During that time, avoid sexual intercourse so the wound can fully heal.
You can’t prevent webbed penis since it occurs at birth or from circumcision.
Webbed penis, or penoscrotal webbing, may not cause any health problems, but it can cause discomfort and pain during erections and sex. You may also be unhappy with the way it looks. But there are treatments available. Talk to your healthcare provider if webbed penis is bothering you.
For those who seek treatment for webbed penis, the outlook is good. Scrotoplasty is a routine procedure for many providers who specialize in penile conditions. Many people experience successful outcomes.
The webbing itself doesn’t affect penis size or penis growth. But webbing can reduce the penis angle, especially during erections. This can affect your perception of your penis size.
Ask your healthcare provider any questions or concerns regarding webbed penis, including:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
A webbed penis is when skin from your scrotum connects to your penis at a higher location than it should. An erect penis pulls on that skin, creating an uncomfortable tightness or even pain. That can make sexual intercourse challenging or unpleasant. Scrotoplasty is a common surgery for treating webbed penis. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if scrotoplasty is right for you.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/05/2022.
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