Dealing with or Correcting Phimosis
Posted Mon May 02, 2011 10:26 AM
I have treated this before with an antifungal/corticosteroid combo ointment, with mixed results, I have also read about treating it with a product like clobetasol cream which is a similar compound that gives better results to what I used from what I read. Obviously prevention is also important, I have not yet figured out why the condition recurred.
the issue is I have no medical insurance so seeing a urologist is pretty much out, and as for just getting a circumcision, the cost makes it impossible. I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience with dealing with this or resources they could recommend for treating this problem or for getting a "charity" circumcision in the Connecticut-Massachusetts area.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.
Posted Mon May 02, 2011 12:45 PM
Posted Mon May 02, 2011 01:50 PM
Thank you for responding wouchgirl. Yeah, actually, I called a bunch of hospitals and walk-in clinics but for some reason I forgot about checking with them, I'll give that a shot.
To everyone else:
As always, any further info anyone has is appreciated...
Posted Thu May 05, 2011 02:22 AM
Phimosis in infancy is nearly always physiological, and needs to be treated only if it is causing obvious problems such as urinary discomfort or obstruction. In older children and men, phimosis should be distinguished from frenulum breve, which more often requires surgery, though the two conditions can occur together.
If phimosis in older children or adults is not causing acute and severe problems, nonsurgical measures may be effective. Choice of treatment is often determined by whether the patient (or doctor) views circumcision as an option of last resort to be avoided or as the preferred course. Some men with nonretractile foreskins have no difficulties and see no need for correction.
Non surgical methods include:
Application of topical steroid cream, such as betamethasone, for 4–6 weeks to the narrow part of the foreskin is relatively simple, less expensive than surgical treatments and highly effective. It has replaced circumcision as the preferred treatment method for some physicians in the British National Health Service.
Stretching of the foreskin can be accomplished manually, with balloons or with other tools Skin that is under tension expands by growing additional cells. A permanent increase in size occurs by gentle stretching over a period of time. The treatment is non-traumatic and non-destructive. Manual stretching may be carried out without the aid of a medical doctor. The tissue expansion promotes the growth of new skin cells to permanently expand the narrow preputial ring that prevents retraction. Beaugé treated several hundred adolescents by advising them to change their masturbation habits to closing their hand over their penis and moving it back and forth. Retraction of the foreskin was generally achieved after four weeks and he stated that he never had to refer one for surgery.
Surgical methods consist of the removal of the foreskin or a minor operation to let out the foreskin:
Circumcision is sometimes performed for pathological phimosis, and is effective.
Dorsal slit is a single incision along the upper length of the foreskin from the tip to the corona, exposing the glans without removing any tissue.
Ventral slit is an incision along the lower length of the foreskin from the tip of the frenulum to the base of the glans, removing the frenulum in the process.
Preputioplasty, in which a limited dorsal slit with transverse closure is made along the constricting band of skin can be an effective alternative to full circumcision. It has the advantage of only limited pain and a short time of healing relative to circumcision, and avoids cosmetic effects.
Good Luck !!
Posted Sun May 08, 2011 01:51 PM
I have a skin condition, genetic allergy sensitive eczema, and this has caused degradation of the skin on my penis before hand, and when this skin healed I suffered from a tightened foreskin similar to that experienced by Phimosis.
I dealt with this as a transitory issue with me by using a wheat germ extract oil cream and regularly massaging and stretching the foreskin, (no not masturbating you pervs)
every now and then I get a break out of eczema and have to go through the process of moisturising and stretching my skin each morning after a shower for 2-3 minutes, for a week or so to get the flexibility back.
Now there are a few differences in that my condition is a recurrent acute condition and not a chronic condition, which means you might need to use a more regular and consistant method.
I would personally try manual or medical device stretching before going for surgery or steroids, steroids can enhance the chance of a soft tissue infection, and also thin the skin over time which makes it more susceptible to splitting if steroid use is prolonged.
I would talk to your doc about going to see a urologist about a manual stretching and self treatment programme.
Posted Fri May 20, 2011 11:31 AM
Posted Fri May 20, 2011 10:31 PM
If you can get in to see the urologist, possibly a circ could be notated as a medical necessity and be covered with the new insurance! Good luck and keep us posted!
Posted Tue May 31, 2011 07:08 PM
Posted Thu Jun 23, 2011 09:08 AM
To be honest, whatever it covers, after I get this dealt with they can bill me to their heart's content... If I have it, I'll pay it, if I don't, oh well... (sorry, piss-poor attitude I know but when you're broke that's how you have to be sometimes. Besides, most of the time they get a writeoff for hard-luck cases like me.)
I have an appointment next Monday with a urologist and I'm so happy!!! (I'm so ready to have this crap over with... and so's my wife...)
So everyone celebrate with me!!!!
Posted Mon Jun 27, 2011 01:35 PM