Circumcision/ Frenuloplasty

Circumcision/ Frenuloplasty

What is a Circumcision and Frenuloplasty?

A circumcision is an operation that removes the foreskin. The foreskin is the sleeve of tissue that covers the head of the penis. The usual reason for doing this is for scarring of the

foreskin that makes it uncomfortable or painful to retract. It may be so tight in some men that it cannot be retracted at all. A frenuloplasty is a procedure that changes the penile frenulum usually to alleviate restriction.

A general anaesthetic or high level of sedation is usually given for this procedure, but other forms of anaesthesia are available if indicated. A local anaesthetic nerve block is usually used at the time of the procedure to help with post-operative pain relief. After removal of the foreskin, fine sutures are used to join the edges of skin together just below the head of the penis (glans).

A circumcision is usually a day procedure which means that an overnight stay is not required.

Preparation for your procedure

We will provide you with instructions regarding all aspects of preparing for your operation.

  • Pre-operative blood and urine tests.
  • Details of admission to hospital.
  • Information regarding fasting and medications.

What to expect afterwards

In recovery, staff will make sure you are comfortable. Pain relief will be offered and given if required, and you will be offered something to eat and drink. There will be a light dressing over the penis. Once you are awake, comfortable and have passed urine then you are able to go home. A script for pain relief will be given for you to take with you.


This is a safe operation, however you should be aware of the potential risks;

  • Infection <5%
  • Bleeding / haematoma <5%
  • You may notice some bruising at the operation site but significant bleeding is very
  • Any other sort of complication such as an injury to the urethra would be extremely rare.