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Dorsal Slit

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Dorsal Slit

What is a Dorsal Slit?

A minor procedure, a dorsal slit involves cutting the foreskin along the midline. This releases tension and allows the foreskin to retract from the penis glans. The foreskin is then sewn into the retracted position.

Also Known As:

  • Foreskin dorsal slit
  • Dorsal slit of the foreskin
  • Foreskin surgery
  • Tight foreskin repair

Conditions Treated with a Dorsal Slit:

A dorsal slit may be utilized in cases of urinary retention, phimosis and paraphimosis.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Dorsal Slit:

Paraphimosis may be corrected manually as a non-surgical alternative to a dorsal slit. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with a Dorsal Slit:

A dorsal slit can be performed with local anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from a Dorsal Slit:

Possible risks following a dorsal slit include infection, bleeding, urethra injury and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience a poor cosmetic result and to lose sensation during intercourse.

Prognosis after a Dorsal Slit:

The prognosis for a positive end result following a dorsal slit is good.

Recovery from a Dorsal Slit:

Total recovery from a dorsal slit takes four to six weeks.

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