Foreskin surgery under local anaesthetic – OK? Or oh no!

Binu M.K. Thomas, Wesam Elbaroni, Jeena Mathew, Ian K. Walsh

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Aim: Foreskin surgical procedures such as circumcision, prepuceplasty, frenuloplasty, dorsal slit, reduction of paraphimosis etc. in the adult male is usually performed by both general surgeons and urologists. Our aim was to evaluate the acceptance of performing these procedures in the day procedure unit or in the emergency unit under penile block. 
Method: Fifty patients who underwent foreskin surgeries under local anaesthetic (LA) were evaluated with their experience. Twenty patients who underwent circumcision, 20 patients who underwent foreskin preserving operations such as frenuloplasty or prepuceplasty and 10 patients who underwent other procedures such as reduction of paraphimosis (five) and dorsal slit (five) were included inthe study. The patients were asked about their symptoms such as pain or discomfort during local infiltration of lignocaine, any discomfort during the actual procedure, post-operative discomfort and general acceptance. All the patients were given penile block using smaller size needle (25 gauge, 5/8th inch orange sterile luer slip hypodermic needle) and 1% plain lignocaine. Thirty doctors from general surgery (10), urology (10) and emergency medicine (10) participated in the survey. They were asked about their opinion, confidence and preference about performing foreskin surgical procedures under LA. This included both junior trainees, middle grade doctors and consultants. The majority of middle grade doctors and consultants were fairly confident in performing procedures under LA, whereas the junior trainees in surgery, urology and emergency were lacking confidence. 
Conclusion: Penile block is a safe and effective way ofproviding sufficient anaesthesia for foreskin surgeries. Thetechnique is easy to learn. It reduces post-operative pain aswell. It can reduce the risk and cost of administering generalanaesthesia. doctors who are in training surgical specialityand emergency medicine should be encouraged to learnthe principles and technique in administering penile block.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Clinical Urology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
EventIrish Association of Sexual Medicine - United Kingdom, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Oct 201412 Oct 2014


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