My doctor said that my penis has scar tissue from circumcision and said he will have to surgically remove it. Why do I have to get this surgery done? What are the risks if something goes wrong? Please help me.

Thank you for your question. It is hard to answer your specific questions not knowing all the details. However, it is normal to be scared whenever you don’t know what to expect, especially if you’re having a surgical procedure. Even though circumcision is considered to be a safe and simple procedure, some males can develop scarring. Scarring is more common after a teen or adult male becomes circumcised rather than after an infant gets circumcised. Scarring can prevent the foreskin from retracting (being able to pull it back) which can lead to infections. Very rarely, males can develop certain type of scars, “keloid” scars, which are more serious, but this almost never happens on the penis.

Surgery to remove scars caused from circumcision is typically done if the scars are causing a problem. Before you have any type of surgery, it’s very important to have all of your questions answered including why you should have the surgery done in the first place, what are the benefits (what will improve) after the surgery, as well as what the possible complications might be. Reach out to your surgeon and ask to talk to them as soon as possible. It is your right to be completely informed before you receive any care including all medical procedures and operations.