Frenulum Sparing Circumcision: Step-By-Step Approach of a Novel Technique PC01-PC03
Dr. Sunil P. Shenoy,
Head, Department of Urology, A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Mangaluru-575003, Karnataka, India.
Objective: Circumcision, by most conventional methodologies, involves division of the frenulum and excision of the entire foreskin covering the glans. This seemingly simple procedure is occasionally associated with dreadful and devastating complications. We describe a new frenulum-sparing technique that circumvents some of the potential complications of conventional techniques and could also potentially help preserve preputial role in sexual function.
Materials and Methods: An initial dorsal slit, three fourths of the way up to the corona is extended laterally and obliquely on either side, to meet the preputial edge, 3-4 mm from the frenulum. A broad sleeve of sub-coronal mucosa is thus preserved. The frenulum is left untouched, leaving a wide skin bridge connecting the mucosal sleeve with the shaft skin. The raw area is closed with interrupted, synthetic absorbable sutures. Over a three year period, 42 patients were circumcised using this technique.
Results: No significant complications like frenular bleed, painful postoperative erections, chordee, meatal stenosis, or urethra-cutaneous fistula were observed in any patient. The cosmetic results were pleasing.
Conclusion: The frenulum-sparing technique of circumcision is a promising modification to the various existing techniques. The method described is technically easier to perform than conventional frenulum-dividing procedures and has an acceptable cosmesis. Further randomised controlled studies on larger cohorts are necessary to establish the true benefits of this technique over established procedures.