Phimosis and Paraphimosis: How We Treat


How is phimosis/paraphimosis treated?

Phimosis: Medical and surgical treatment are both options. Medical intervention involves the use of a steroid cream. This is applied for 4 to 6 weeks, and the child is re-evaluated. In about 80% of boys this simple treatment is sufficient. Typically, if the foreskin is unable to be retracted and the skin is scarred, a surgical intervention called circumcision may be necessary.

Paraphimosis: This condition may require urgent medical attention. Treatment may include lubricating the foreskin and tip of the penis and then gently squeezing the tip of the penis while pulling the foreskin forward.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s phimosis/paraphimosis?

Our urologic surgeons perform hundreds of evaluations of phimosis and paraphimosis, as well as circumcision surgeries each year. Circumcisions are performed on new born infants and older children. We focus on maintaining a parents and child’s beliefs in this matter, and are intent on keeping your child’s health at the forefront.