Childhood Diseases

Posted by: concerned mom | 2011-04-28



Dear Doc,

I took my 2.5 month old son to the doctor to have him circumcised. However, I was told that it could not be done now because he has a retractable penis. The doctor suggested I do it when he is older (~1 year) as the condition should dissapear. The procedure will then require general anaesthesia and needs to be conducted in theatre.
I am concerned. What is a retractable penis? Will it disadvantage him in later life.
Thanking you in advance.

Expert's Reply



I am not certain as to what your doctor means by the words 'retractable penis' but in many baby boys especially those who are a bit chubby the penis appears small and seems to be pulled back. This is due to a small fat pad around the base of the penis. With time this fat pad disappears and the penis returns to the normal size and appearance.I presume this is what your doctor means by the words retractable penis. If your son has this type of penis it is best to wait until the fat pad disappears before having any circumcision done.

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Posted by: WJA | 2011-04-29

Perhaps you should allow your son to make this life and body altering decision for himself. There is no medical requirement for male children to have a part of their penis amputated without a valid medical reason.
Leave your son as nature intended and allow him the right to make this decision for himself.

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