An A-Z of Circumcision

It can be difficult to understand all of the medical terminology related to surgical procedures, so we have put together an A-Z of circumcision that aims to be a useful point of reference for you.

Whilst there are many words related to circumcision, we have picked the top ones that we think you could come across. But if you read a word that is not listed below and you would like it explaining, please feel free to contact the clinic and one of our team will be able to help.

 

Anaesthetic: This is a substance that causes a lack of feeling or awareness during the procedure.

 

Ballooning: A condition where urine cannot escape from the tip of the foreskin as fast as it is flowing from the bladder. The foreskin may become swollen, which can be painful and could cause potential bladder and kidney damage.

 

Circumcision: The process of removing the foreskin, through minor surgery. It can be removed for a variety of reasons, from religious reasons and medical problems to sexual pleasure.

 

Dorsal Slit: The phrase ‘dorsal slit’ refers to an incision made through the top surface of the foreskin that exposes the glans.  In some societies, it is classed as a circumcision.

 

Epispadias: This is a rare penis malformation in which the urethra ends on the top side of the penis instead of the tip of the glans, which results in urine and semen being discharged at an abnormal position.

 

Frenulum: A web of skin that helps the foreskin to retract during an erection and return to normal when flaccid. After circumcision, it may be retained or removed.

 

Glans: The rounded part at the end of the penis that forms its head.

 

High: In circumcision, this term is used to describe the position of the scar line. It means closer to the penis base and further away from the glans.

 

Intact: Uncircumcised.

 

Meatus: The opening of the urethra at the end of the glans.

 

Neonatal: Relating to the new born child.

 

Overhang: The portion of the foreskin that extends beyond the tip of the glans.

 

Phimosis: This is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be drawn back over the glans. This is readily corrected by circumcision.

 

Redundant Prepuce: A foreskin that ‘overhangs’ the penis when it is flaccid.

 

Skin Bridge: A natural and often unintended sticking together of two skin surfaces. These sometimes form between the circumcision scar and the corona, and can be corrected by minor surgery.

 

Tyson’s glands: These secretory glands are located on either side of the frenulum and produce an oily lubricant for the foreskin.

 

Urethra: The tube through which urine and semen flows.

 

Ventral: An anatomical term that means ‘the underside’ of something.

 

At Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, we always like our patients to feel as well informed as possible. If you would like to find out further information, please call our specialist team on: 0121 250 0386 or read our ‘complete guide to circumcision’.