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What is Phimosis?

Phimosis is a condition in males in which the foreskin doesn’t pull back from the tip of the penis. Every boy is born with a tight foreskin. With age, the foreskin starts to retract and by the time they turn 3, this no longer remains a problem as the foreskin completely loosens up. This is a common problem in young boys which usually gets cured on its own. But in severe cases, when urination becomes difficult or pain is severe, treatment becomes essential.



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Necrosis and gangrene of the glans



Repeated urinary tract infections

Infection in the foreskin

Rough handling of the foreskin

Trauma or injury to the foreskin

Genital herpes




Lichen planus

Lichen sclerosus



Pain while urinating

Traces of blood in the urine

Inability to empty the bladder properly

Pain in the penis while erection

Redness, soreness, or swelling of the penis


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Diagnosis of Phimosis

The diagnosis of phimosis is a simple one. The urologist makes note of the full medical history of the patient by asking questions regarding any prior infection or injuries to the penis. There can be some questioning pertaining to any impact that might have occurred during sexual activity. Followed by the questioning round, the doctor does a physical examination in which he thoroughly looks at the penis and foreskin. To confirm, the doctor recommends a urinalysis to check for any urinary tract infections or perform a swab test by taking a sample from the foreskin area to check for bacteria.


The surgical removal of the foreskin is known as circumcision. In this procedure, the urologist frees the foreskin from the penis’s head and the extra skin is removed. The benefits of circumcision are discussed below-

  • Lower risk of urinary tract infections
  • Lower chances of sexually transmitted diseases in men
  • Decreasing the risk of penile cancer in males and cervical cancer in females
  • Preventing conditions such as balanitis and balanoposthitis
  • Preventing phimosis and paraphimosis

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Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

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Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is phimosis curable?


Yes phimosis is curable. Circumcision is the procedure to treat phimosis once and for all. Laser circumcision is the safest way to remove the tight foreskin from the penis. ZSR circumcision is a modern painless technique of circumcision that is minimally invasive in nature. It is better to undergo any of these advanced circumcision procedures than complex open circumcision surgery.

Will forcible retraction help resolve the problem of phimosis?

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Is phimosis dangerous?

If identified and treated at an early stage, phimosis does not pose any major threats to the life of any man. But if taken lightly and not provided with treatment, tight foreskin can be dangerous. Men with tight foreskin are at a greater risk of developing penile cancer. If left untreated, phimosis can result in the inflammation of the foreskin, glans penis or both.

Hence, it is very important for a man to maintain good penile hygiene and be gentle while cleaning the foreskin to prevent pathological phimosis. Additionally, men should avoid using harsh soaps and cleansers to clean the genitals and use only lukewarm water to clean the prepuce.

Are phimosis and paraphimosis the same?

Phimosis and paraphimosis are both common foreskin problems but are different from each other.

In phimosis, the prepuce becomes tight and cannot be retracted over the glans penis. It is very common in babies and young boys. In older men, the problem may occur due to chronic penile infection and inflation in the foreskin and the penis. The tight foreskin also causes problems in urination and any sexual activity as well.

On the other hand, in paraphimosis, the foreskin can be retracted but cannot be pulled forward again. It mostly occurs if the foreskin is retracted immediately after a medical procedure. Paraphimosis leads to swelling of the glans penis and increases pressure to the retracted foreskin. The stuck foreskin forms a constricted ring around the penis. The condition prevents the flow of blood from reaching the penis, which may cause damage to the penile tissue. 

While phimosis is not a medical emergency, paraphimosis is. Paraphimosis needs medical treatment at the earliest

When do you need circumcision for phimosis?

Doctors recommend circumcision in case of severe or recurring phimosis. It is the surgical procedure to remove the layer of the foreskin from the penis. In addition to treating various foreskin problems like phimosis, paraphimosis, etc, circumcision offers other medical benefits too.

Benefits of circumcision

Medical practitioners consider circumcision to be highly effective for penile problems like phimosis. The primary benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of STIs in men
  • Protection against penile cancer
  • Lesser chances of urinary tract infections
  • Prevents smegma build-up 
  • Lowers the risk of cervical cancer in their female sexual partners
  • Prevents balanitis (inflammation of the glans penis) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of both foreskin and the glans)

Risks of circumcision

Like any other surgical methods, circumcision too has some amount fo risks including:

  • Post-surgery pain
  • Risk of swelling and infection in the surgical area
  • Risk of penile injury

The benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks when performed precisely. If performed by an experienced doctor, the patient is highly unlikely to suffer from any risk or complication.

Furthermore, doctors nowadays use advanced laser technique for circumcision. In this procedure, only laser energy is used to remove the prepuce without damaging the neighboring tissues. 

Following are the advantages of laser circumcision over open surgery:

  • Non-invasive procedure 
  • Completes within 15-20 minutes
  • Painless procedure- with the use of anesthesia
  • Outpatient procedure
  • No stitches, wounds, or scars
  • Resume work from the next day
  • Fast and smooth recovery
  • No need for daily dressing
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