Urologie Zehlendorf
Schuetze

Phimosis (foreskin constriction)


Phimosis is a congenital defect in the development of the foreskin – it is constricted.
In children, phimosis is normal in the first five years.

Mostly, already before the child’s fifth birthday, the foreskin stops being sticky and it can be pulled back fully to expose the glans. This should be possible at the latest when the child starts school.

This is also the right time to consider an operation if the boy is not yet able to pull back the foreskin completely.
At this age, the child enters the genital phase and recognizes the difference between boys and girls. A boy would then regard a change in his penis as negative and feel at a comparative disadvantage among his peers.

The operation in children always requires a general anaesthesia as the ability to understand what the doctor is doing is not given at this age so a local anaesthesia is not considered sufficient in this case.

The operation is an out-patient procedure and a few hours afterwards the parent and child can leave the operating centre.
The public health insurance fully covers this operation.