Ritual circumcision and the plastic repair of phimosis.


  • M J Leal Serviço de Cirurgia Pediátrica, Hospital D. Estefânia, Lisboa.
  • J Mendes




The AA. describe two variations of their personal technique of foreskin plasty for phimosis treatment. They utilize a variation of Duhamel procedure, with incision of foreskin dorsal face in italic S in cases where the striction ring is moderate and allows a slipping with glandular exposure. They resected ad minima the foreskin in the cases of very serious phimosis and make a YV plasty on the dorsal face, and if necessary a small excision à la demande of the remaining ventral skin. They achieve a good aesthetic result in both techniques and most of operated cases are hard to distinguish from a normal foreskin. The plasties with foreskin maintenance tend to be used in the modern European culture, where the rites disappeared and hygienic habits gained roots. With the exception of religious reasons or strict medical indications (diabetes, skin lesions, etc.) the phimosis repair by mutilation procedures tends to disappear.


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Leal MJ, Mendes J. Ritual circumcision and the plastic repair of phimosis. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 1994 Sep. 30 [cited 2023 Feb. 1];7(9):475-81. Available from: https://www.actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/2962



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