Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 290-293

Outcome of a standardized technique of preputial preservation surgery for phimosis: A single institutional experience

Division of Pediatric Surgery, King Fahad Hospital of the University, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Formerly Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

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Kamalesh Pal
Associate Professor and Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, King Fahad Hospital of the University, Al Khobar, 31952 PO Box - 40129, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.128959

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Introduction: Pathological phimosis or preputial stenosis is a distressing problem in children leading to recurrent balanoposthitis, ballooning of prepuce, and rarely back pressure changes in the urinary tract. Circumcision has been the standard of care for such situations, although recently, various alternatives to circumcision have been reported in the literature. Most of these techniques are often complex and are met with poor acceptance. Moreover, besides personal preferences (in Hindus), advantages of preputial preservation is increasingly being realized recently. Materials and Methods: A prospective study was carried out in which a simple standardized technique of preputioplasty (dorsal slit) was used in 40 pediatric preputial stenosis cases. The outcome of this procedure including cosmesis and parental satisfaction was evaluated. Results: The average duration of this procedure was from 10 to 25 min with no intraoperative complications. The cosmetic outcome was good in 62.5%, satisfactory in 30%, and poor in 7.5% of cases. All of the boys had retractable prepuce with no functional problems. There was 100% parental satisfaction. None of the patients required a redo procedure or circumcision. Conclusion: A dorsal slit of adequate length i.e.; 1/3 rd the length from the corona to the tip leads to a satisfactory cosmetic outcome in more than 92% of cases. Preputioplasty is a safe and simple alternative to more radical procedure of circumcision.

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