Penile reconstruction- all you need to know

Disease, accidents and previous surgeries can all cause issues that affect the penis. Some men may choose to have reconstructive surgery to address pain, however some men have reconstructive surgery to improve the appearance of their penis after surgeries such as a circumcision.

The aim of penile reconstruction is to fix the issue that a man has with his penis, whether it be aesthetic or functional.


Before surgery, your doctor will conduct a physical examination and look at your medical history to ensure that the procedure is safe to go ahead. It is important that you understand the possible risks of the surgery and that you have a realistic outcome for the end result.


What does the procedure involve?

You will be put under general anaesthetic to have the surgery and will have an antibiotic drip in place to ensure that the risk of infection is very low.


The surgery will differ depending on the reason for the surgery and the area of the penis that is being targeted.


Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans or Lichen Sclerosis can occur in some cases. Conditions such as Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans or Lichen Sclerosis can cause the skin on the head of the penis to become scarred. If this is the case then the skin can be removed during surgery and a skin graft can be put in its place. Patients who have suffered from cancer can also seek penile reconstruction. The penis can be reconstructed to look more cosmetically pleasing to the eye.

It is common to experience short-term bruising, swelling and general discomfort after penile reconstructive surgery. The area that has been operated on will be covered to ensure that it does not get infected. Your doctor will ensure that you have the right medication and instructions to follow before you go home; this will help you to have a speedy and successful recovery.


This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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