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How Surgery Can Help Manage Swelling Of Penis?

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MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Paediatric Surgery
Pediatric Surgeon, Kolkata  •  27years experience
How Surgery Can Help Manage Swelling Of Penis?

Phimosis, Paraphimosis are the two major issues which occur in males In Phimosis, the foreskin is not easily pulled back from the tip position of the penis. Normally, this problem takes place in younger children and this is not a serious condition. With spontaneous erections and natural manipulations, more than 90% of foreskin becomes retractable by age 3 to 4 years. Few require Preputioplasty and Circucision is reserved for Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans. Paraphimosis, is quite a painful condition which needs to be treated urgently. Paraphimosis is the condition in which the foreskin is pulled back or get stuck in the same position. Due to this the retracted foreskin, as well as the penis part, becomes swollen. 

In this condition, the fluid will build up, and thus the foreskin cannot be returned to its original position. If anyone ignores it then it can lead to major issues. This can have an effect on blood flow to the tip of a penis. And, if not treated on time then the tip of the penis can get damaged.

The insect bite is a condition which can cause swelling of the phallus and prepuce. This can be easily treated by medicine. Differential diagnosis Penile edema, which is related to insect bites, allergic reactions, and trauma. 

Causes of Phimosis and Paraphimosis: 

  1. Scar tissue: Any kind of infections can create the scratch marks on the foreskin. This can also affect the penis. Thus because of tough tissues, it is somewhat difficult to pull it back. •    Pull and stretch: It is important that one should not forcefully move the foreskin. Pulling it or stretching the tip of penis vigorously can cause inflammation. 
  2. Medical conditions: If anyone is suffering from diabetes, then there are chances of having a infection known as balanitis. This is typically an infection which takes place at the tip of the penis. 

Thus, in this case, it is necessary to discuss the problem with your doctor. Therefore, after going through your complete medical history, he can suggest you the best treatment which can manage the swelling of the penis. 

Why Paraphimosis happens? 

  • Mishandled foreskin 
  • Piercing 

Treatment and cure for Paraphimosis: 
The manual reduction is the first treatment which is suggested by your doctor. In this procedure, analgesic is given as a pain killer through the mouth. Other than this local anesthetic block is applied to your penis. Or applying anesthetic jelly in a local area is quite helpful during manual reduction. Injections of hyaluronidase are also effective to decrease the swelling. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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