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We report a straightforward surgical technique for the correction and anatomical alignment of the skin in patients with various degrees of buried penis.

Materials and Methods

A combined series of 74 patients 7 months to 10 years old who were treated for buried penis at 2 institutions during a 7-year period. Patients presented with various symptoms, including balanitis, urinary tract infection, painful voiding, ballooning of the foreskin and urinary retention. In 29 patients (38%) trapped penis was due to previous circumcision. In our estimation the major anatomical defect in buried penis is an insufficient attachment of the dartos fascia and penile skin to Buck's fascia. Our technique involves making a circumferential incision of the inner preputial skin layer proximal to the corona, unfurling it from the shaft skin and leaving a coronal collar of approximately 1 cm. The annular band that usually constricts the corpora on retraction of the penile skin is incised, and the remaining proximal penile skin and dartos fascia are dissected off Buck's fascia proximally to the base of the penis. The penile dermis is sutured to the lateral aspect of the tunica albuginea at the penopubic junction and mid shaft of the penis. This technique restores normal anatomical relationships with excellent cosmetic results and negligible complications.


At a median 5-year followup cosmesis was excellent in all case. Two patients with micropenis who required revision responded to endocrine therapy.


Excellent cosmetic results were obtained in all cases using this surgical technique.

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