The frenuloplasty procedure is used to treat a short frenulum. The frenulum is the bridge of tissue that connects the foreskin to the head of the penis. When the frenulum is too short it can restrict normal erection, or it can become torn during intercourse and can bleed and create discomfort. A frenuloplasty aims to increase the length of the frenulum.
Patients will either have a general or local anaesthetic and are usually admitted as a day-case, but some patients may stay one or two nights in hospital.
During the procedure the surgeon will make a small cut into the frenulum which is then gradually loosened and sewn up, this usually increases the length of the frenulum by approximately 1 cm – 1.5 cms.
The patient is likely to experience soreness and pain for a week or two. Patients should be able to drive roughly three days after the procedure, when they are able to make an emergency stop without pain, return to normal activities within two weeks and have sexual intercourse two to three weeks post operatively.
Frenuloplasty is considered a safe procedure, however with all medical procedures there is an element of risk. Infections are rare and usually will settle down within two weeks when prescribed with antibiotics. The patient may experience painful erections in the first few days following the procedure and aches and twinges may be felt for up to two months. The consultant will discuss the risks with the patient in detail.