Understanding Penile Frenulectomy: Procedure and Recovery

Penile frenulectomy, also known as frenuloplasty or frenulotomy, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal or loosening of the frenulum, the small band of tissue that connects the head of the penis to the shaft.

This procedure is often recommended for men who experience discomfort or pain during sexual activity due to a tight or short frenulum. In this article, we will discuss the procedure and recovery process for penile frenulectomy.
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The Procedure

Penile frenulectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision at the base of the frenulum and remove or loosen the tissue. The incision is then closed, and bleeding is controlled with a combination of heat treatment and skin glue. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.


After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the genital area. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. It is important to avoid sexual activity for up to 6 weeks and strenuous exercise for at least 2-3 weeks to allow for proper healing.

Follow-Up Care

Patients are typically offered a follow-up appointment with their surgeon one week after the procedure. During this appointment, the surgeon will check the incision site and make sure the patient has no concerns. They will also provide instructions for proper wound care and any necessary medication.
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Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with penile frenulectomy. These may include bleeding, infection, scarring, and changes in sensation. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Benefits of Penile Frenulectomy

Penile frenulectomy can provide numerous benefits for men who experience discomfort or pain during sexual activity due to a tight or short frenulum. These benefits may include:

  • Improved sexual function and pleasure
  • Reduced risk of tearing or injury during sexual activity
  • Improved hygiene and reduced risk of infection where a tight frenulum restricts the foreskin from being retracted and, therefore, the patient is unable to clean.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem

Penile Health

In addition to addressing discomfort or pain during sexual activity, penile frenulectomy can also have positive effects on overall penile health. By removing or loosening the frenulum, the procedure can reduce the risk of conditions such as phimosis (tight foreskin) and balanitis (inflammation of the head of the penis).

Premature Ejaculation:

Early results from some studies in Italy and China show that penile frenulectomy can be an effective treatment in some men for premature ejaculation.

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Penile frenulectomy is a safe and effective procedure for men who experience discomfort or pain during sexual activity due to a tight or short frenulum.

By understanding the procedure and following proper recovery and follow-up care, patients can experience improved sexual function and overall penile health. If you are considering penile frenulectomy, be sure to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss your options and potential risks.