Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis. This genital surgery is done when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back (retracted) over the glans.
Circumcision might have various health benefits, including:
- Easier hygiene.
- Decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
- Prevention of penile problems.
- Decreased risk of penile cancer.
An abnormally short or sensitive frenulum of the penis can make some types of sexual activity uncomfortable or even painful. When it is a naturally occurring event, a short frenulum can restrict normal retraction of the foreskin during erection (a condition known as frenulum breve). The goal of treatment is to allow normal retraction of the foreskin.
The procedure of this genital surgery usually involves the removal of the frenulum or the creation of an incision in the frenulum that is then stretched to lengthen it and stitched closed.