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Circumcision Revision: What You Need to Know

Circumcision is a common surgical procedure that involves the removal of the foreskin from the penis. It is usually performed on newborns for cultural or religious reasons, or as a medical necessity.  Many teenage and adult men also choose to have the procedure performed.

However, like any surgical procedure, complications can occur. In some cases, a circumcision may need to be revised to correct these complications. In this blog post, we will discuss what circumcision revision is and what you need to know about it.


What is Circumcision Revision?


Circumcision revision is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct complications that have occurred after a circumcision. Complications that may require revision include:

  1. Insufficient tissue removal: If not enough tissue was removed during the initial circumcision, the remaining foreskin may continue to cause discomfort or other issues.
  2. Excessive tissue removal: If too much tissue was removed during the initial circumcision, it can lead to painful erections, loss of sensitivity, and other problems.
  3. Uneven or irregular tissue removal: If the circumcision was not performed evenly or was done irregularly, it can lead to cosmetic issues, such as asymmetry.
  4. Scarring: Scarring can occur after a circumcision, which can cause discomfort, pain, or cosmetic concerns.


What Happens During a Circumcision Revision?


The exact procedure for circumcision revision will depend on the specific complication being corrected. However, in general, the revision involves removing or reshaping the tissue that was previously removed during the initial circumcision. The surgeon will typically use local anesthesia to numb the area before beginning the procedure.


What to Expect After Circumcision Revision

After a circumcision revision, it is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Dr Read will provide you with instructions on how to care for the area and manage any pain. You will likely need to avoid sexual activity and strenuous exercise for several weeks while the area heals.


Risks and Complications

Like any surgical procedure, circumcision revision does carry some risks and potential complications. These can include bleeding, infection, and scarring. However, these risks are generally low, and most patients are able to recover without any issues.



Circumcision revision is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct complications that have occurred after a circumcision. While it is not a common procedure, it is important to know what it entails if you or your child has had a circumcision and experienced complications. If you are considering circumcision revision, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully before proceeding.


If you would like to discuss your suitability for this procedure, call us today on 07 5531 3205  to book a consultation with Dr Read.

For more information, visit our Circumcision page, or to book a consultation, call us on 07 5531 3205.

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