Is a frenulectomy painful?

We perform frenulectomy under long-acting local anesthesia and those men who have undergone this procedure usually describe it as virtually painless.

What are the risks of the procedure?

  1. Swelling and bruising at the site of the procedure 1/100
  2. Infection requiring antibiotics 1/500
  3. Bleeding (usually mild) 1/100
  4. Scarring at the site of the operation 1/100
  5. Meatal stenosis due to injury to the frenular artery requiring a meatotomy (rare)1/500
  6. Suboptimal cosmetic or functional effect requiring a second procedure.1:100
  7. Chronic pain at the site of the surgery 1:500
  8. Vasovagal reaction causing lightheadedness after the procedure. 1/200

How long does it take to recover?

Recovery from penile frenulectomy is fairly fast and painless. Most men do not require additional pain medications after the procedure and are able to return to office work the next day. If your work requires heavy or physical activity, you will need a few days off.

After frenulectomy, when can I have sex again?

We generally recommend no sex for at least 5-6 weeks to allow the surgical site to heal optimally and sutures, if required at the time of the procedure, to dissolve.

How will this affect my sex life?

After a frenulectomy, because the tight band is released, sex becomes more pleasurable due to less pain and worry from tearing and bleeding.

If I am uncircumcised, how will frenulectomy affect my foreskin?

Frenulectomy does not affect your foreskin and you will remain uncircumcised. Because frenulectomy only involves releasing the tight band of tissue underneath the penis where it attaches to your foreskin, your foreskin will be preserved. If you are interested in circumcision, please refer to our website for more information.