Paraphimosis (say "pair-uh-fy-MOH-suss") is a problem with the skin on your penis. The skin that folds over the penis (foreskin) gets tight and sticks behind the head of the penis. The skin can't return to its normal place over the head of the penis.
This only occurs in men who still have all or part of their foreskin.
This problem needs to be treated right away. If it's not treated, the penis will swell. Then blood flow to the head of the penis may be cut off. This can damage the penis. And it can be very painful.
Your doctor probably reduced the swelling and put the foreskin in its normal place. Your doctor may have done surgery if the problem was severe.
Your doctor may suggest that you be circumcised. This can prevent the problem from happening again.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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