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J Pediatr Surg. 1994 Apr;29(4):561-3.

Preputial plasty: a good alternative to circumcision.

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Department of Paediatric Surgery, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, England.


Since 1991, boys needing surgery for tight nonretractile foreskin have been offered a choice of preputial plasty or circumcision, providing that there is no clinical evidence of preputial scarring. We compared two similar groups of 50 boys that underwent each procedure, through our routine audit and questionnaires sent to their parents. Of the boys with circumcisions, 20% required an overnight stay after the operation; 14% had anesthetic complications, and 6% required reoperation because of bleeding. Only 8% of patients with preputial plasty had an overnight stay, and no bleeding was observed. Parental assessment of both operations showed that morbidity was significantly less and of shorter duration for the preputial plasty group. Two patients in the preputial plasty group (4%) had recurrent narrowing of the foreskin caused by scarring and contraction of the incision. Parents were pleased with the long-term results of both procedures. This simple alternative to circumcision is easy to perform and allows full mobilization of the foreskin, preserving its function and providing an excellent cosmetic result.

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