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Dr Christian: Hi I’m doctor Jessen

Brian: Good morning doctor

Dr Christian: Come and have a seat for me

Brian: Thank you very much indeed

Dr Christian: What can I do for you?

Brian: Hopefully give me a bit of uplift, I was circumcised about 10 years ago, the diagnosis being that my foreskin was tightening and was hurting me, since when I noticed that there were little blood blisters at the end as well as well as lesions and I thought, “this is getting, this is nasty”.

Dr Christian: This was soon after the circumcision, so we’re talking 10 years ago?

Brian: Indeed, I keep wondering what on earth it is.

Dr Christian: Are you having problems with sex with your wife, are you still having sex?

Brian: Well put it this way, we both wish we could have sex

Dr Christian: Well I think what I’d like to do is have a look, do you mind hopping up on the couch and we’ll have a look? And just pop your trousers and pants down for me.

Brian: There we are.

Dr Christian: I’m going to pop some gloves on. And is it sore if I touch it?

Brian: No, no, not at all, I’ll soon yell if you are sore. You carry on doctor.

Dr Christian: Your foreskin is very tight isn’t it?

Brian: Yes and it looks quite angry.

Dr Christian: And it smells a little bit as well doesn’t it?

Brian: Yes it does, it doesn’t matter how many time you wash, you know.

Dr Christian: This is something called Balanitis Xerótica Obliterante, it’s a great long Latin name for tightening of the foreskin, ok? The smell and the redness and things on the end of the penis is because it’s so tight and you’re not able to wash it and you’re not able to clean it. What I would be inclined to do actually is to send you to a surgeon to consider a further circumcision, because I think the first one didn’t really remove enough foreskin and we need to remove more of this tightened foreskin. Then you’ll be able to clean things properly, you won’t be so red on the end on the glands of your penis and I think it’ll make life a little bit better for you.

Dr Pixie V/O (Dr Pixie?): Brian Fulton-Harte is about to have his second adult circumcision. He’s in the capable hands of consultant urologist Gordon Muir, who performs 75 adult circumcisions a year.

Gordon Muir: Ok these do sting a bit and I’m not going to pretend they don’t, sorry. That really is a very sore and very unhappy looking head of the penis. It’s very unusual to find a circumcision that does need to be redone, but no surgery has a 100% guarantee

Brian: Good heavens, it’s incredible isn’t it? Look at that.

Gordon Muir: Ok, and we’ll leave that on, ok that’s us, well done.

Dr Pixie V/O: Brian should be back in the saddle after about six weeks.

Gordon Muir: Ok, that’s that.

Brian: Is that it?

Gordon Muir: That’s it.

Brian: You’ve got one very, very happy patient Mr Muir.

Dr Pixie V/O: Brian Fulton-Harte is back at the clinic for one final check-up, it’s been three weeks since his second adult circumcision, and Dr Jessen wants to see if his get up and go is back.

Dr Christian: Let’s have a look. It’s still a little bit swollen. There’s a few red patches and ulcers and things that look a bit sore, but I think that as you keep it clean and dry from now on, that’ll get a lot better.

Brian: Well it’s nothing like it was before. It’s a complete freedom.

Dr Christian: It looks a bit neater doesn’t it? It looks much neater.

Brian: You’re quite pleased with it aren’t you?
Dr Christian: I am quite pleased with it yeah. Are you?

Brian: I certainly am, yes.

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Consultation: Second Adult Circumcision

Second Adult Circumcision is one of the many embarrassing illnesses which men would prefer to suffer in silence with than go and consult their GP about. However, in this repackaged consultation from series one, Dr Christian Jessen explains exactly what it is and what treatment is available to make life more comfortable.

If your child has a painful penis he may be suffering from paraphimosis, to find out more check the condition guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I was circumcised just over 2 weeks ago but needed another operation 1 week ago to redo the stitches. I have quite a large area under the head of my penis with no proper skin, just a wound. I was wondering how long roughly it should take to scab as I feel that it is taking longer than say a cut on your knee and every time I shower to clean it, the kinda scab that has formed gets taken off. Also, how long I will take to heal fully? I do have I follow up oppointment in a weeks time but I'm just curious. Thanks in advaced.





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Hey peoples I am sorry for all the problems you having hope it will get better sorry I don't know what can help. I BEEN CIRCUMSIED like a month a go or more and I am 15 I have some boobs where I have been stitched and I am wondering will it every go or is there a way to make it go pleas help me if cry every day about it because I thing it will never go thanks for reading





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Hi my name is Romeo I'm 13 uncircumcised should I get circumcised or leave my penis the way it is





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I'd like to add to my reply I posted a few minutes ago. My son is now 24 and he has thanked me for not giving into the peer pressure I got from my family & others, and keeping him intact. He has a great relationship with his girlfriend of 4 yrs and believe it or not we too have talked and she has said she's glad I didn't do it to him. Now she & I are both from families that circ'd all the boys. In fact, many in my family have now changed their tune on the subject & would no longer allow anyone to cut off any part of their son's.

I am 39 and for the last 6 month's or so my forskin has gone really tight and I can't pull it over the head. Is there anything I can do or get from my GP to help?





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GO TO YOUR GP! I am 17 years old and have just came back from the hospital for a circumsision! iv had your problem lifelong and the snip is the best way to cure it. ALTHOUGH there are alternatives like creams to loosen the skin which i thought didnt help but may with you.

Yes. Unlike the older gentleman in the video that had foreskin tightness & got another whole circumcision, there are other options. First of all instead of doing a whole circ on him they could have done what's called a dorsal slit, which is just making a small single cut of the foreskin on the bottom of penis. This would have allowed loosening without removal of more foreskin. No day at the beach but better than being circ'd. Also you could try some other things first at home; in a warm bath move the skin forward & back a little the skin gently, not so much that it painful but just easing it open. Masturbate more often like when in shower w/a little lube on it, but give most movement attention to the foreskin instead of just the shaft (weird advise, I know, but it helps). Keep a little lube on it thru out the day. It's rough to bring it forward when it's dry. Also for more & better info look up and/or call these groups: NOCIRC & NOHARM. They know more than I do and were a great help to me when I choose to keep my son intact & the pediatricians had no idea how to treat an intact boy, other than cutting it off. I learned that is all they are trained in during med school is how to circumcise (which they practice on cadavers, so anytime you hear a dr say it does't hurt babies just remember that the cadavers didn't feel a thing).

Hi, I'm 16 years old, I was circumcised about four years ago. Its not until now that I gave notice to the lump of skin underneath my penis. Its as if all the skin that was supposed to be taken off was bundled up and stitched right beneath it. I'm considerin redoing my circumcision, since I don't feel good about it at all and to prevent any tears whatsoever during intercourse and stuff like that. I was wondering if any of you guys have had the same issue?





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That's probably where your frenulum was cut off during your circumcision. It's normal for it to be a bit bumpy of you were circumcised in the UK.

Im 22 and about 6 weeks ago I had a full circumcision, about 2 weeks in I broke 3 stitches but the doctor said it was fine and I shouldn’t worry, I have recently noticed a large lump develop where I broke the 3 stitches, it very noticeable, sore and hard. I have sex for the first time in 6 weeks 2 days ago and not sure if it because of that or something a bit more serious Any help would be much appreciated





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hi i am a 21 year old and think i need one done. my foreskin is far to tight and tears and bleeds.the question is where do i go and who do i talk too. my GP a sexual health clinic or someone els ?





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Go to your gp, they normally offer creams to loosen the skin before an operation

Well I'm 70 years old. I have always been glad that I haven't been circumcised. Now I wash it a few times a day. Also by doctors recommendations use Zeasorb antifungal treatment. Which I put on when ever I wash it. I was in the morning probably in the afternoon and That helped stop any infections ( redness ). Well my problem is that it's harder to keep it from getting a smell on the head. When it does have a smell. What would be the best thing to clean it with. That wouldn't earatate it?





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i had a partial circumcission about 30 years ago now. a year ago ive noticed a white ring around the tip of foreskin i can easy pull foreskin back but some times the white ring gets sore and when im erect i pull foreskin back where the white ring is seems like its stangling my penis





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You may have the start of bxo. Google it. I also had this and was doing the same, also had yeast infections. I was very clean ,yet got it. I had a circumcision to cure it.

dear sir/madam I have been circumcised last month on the 1st of april nd I have completed my period last tuesday bt I still having a stitch and its not falling down. why should I do? some people says I should pull it out by myself is tht a good idea?





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