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A 22-year-old male asked:

I've been diagnosed with phimosis stage2 i can retract completely when penis is flaccid,about half until head when erect.is surgery my only option?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Old-fashioned way: A guy whose foreskin pulls back all the way when not erect, but is tight during erection, should be able to fix the problem by stretching his foreskin twice a day until it slides back and forth over the glans (head of the penis) easily during an erection. The simplest way to stretch the foreskin is to create an erection and then pull the foreskin back to let the glans stretch the foreskin.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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The first few times that a tight foreskin finally slides over and behind the glans, quickly pull the foreskin foreward again, to avoid a tight foreskin from getting trapped behind the glans. After many more stretches, the foreskin will be loose enough to never get stuck behind the glans. Getting a foreskin stuck behind the glans is called paraphimosis, and needs a doctor's help right away.
Mar 23, 2018
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe..: There is a risk if you try to force a full retraction and it gets stuck. It sounds unlikely if you can get it retracted when flaccid but it could form a tourniquet at the base and lead to an emergency by blocking blood flow to the glans. You can consult with a urologist who may be able to do a minor procedure (not a circumcision) that could fix the problem.

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