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What is the difference between circumcision and dorsal slit?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
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In brief: Retracting foreskin

A dorsal slit widens the opening of the foreskin to either allow retraction of the foreskin or if large enough, allow the forskin to drape downward almost as if circumcised but with the foreskin still present.
A small dorsal slit can release a "tight" opening allowing ease of retraction. A circumcison means to "incise around" & all of the foreskin is removed. There are degrees of circumcision.

In brief: Retracting foreskin

A dorsal slit widens the opening of the foreskin to either allow retraction of the foreskin or if large enough, allow the forskin to drape downward almost as if circumcised but with the foreskin still present.
A small dorsal slit can release a "tight" opening allowing ease of retraction. A circumcison means to "incise around" & all of the foreskin is removed. There are degrees of circumcision.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Circ. removes skin

Foreskin is totally removed in a circumcision.
Dorsal slit involves a vertical incision through the tight part of foreskin on upper surcae of penis and is sutured transversely. This preserves foreskin and makes it easy to retract. Sometimes called a prepucioplasty. This for men or parents who wish retention of foreskin for familial, social or ethnic reasons.

In brief: Circ. removes skin

Foreskin is totally removed in a circumcision.
Dorsal slit involves a vertical incision through the tight part of foreskin on upper surcae of penis and is sutured transversely. This preserves foreskin and makes it easy to retract. Sometimes called a prepucioplasty. This for men or parents who wish retention of foreskin for familial, social or ethnic reasons.
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