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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 am a 30 year old male and was circumcised on march 26th and it was horrible I was released from the hospital and I when down to get my pain medication as I got home I had to pee I noticed I wals bleeding alot went back to the hospital and found out my some of my stiches broke open so I was bleeding alot I was told it look like I got shot the surgent didn't put big enought stiches in so I had to go back in surgery so they can put bigger onces in so after that I wasn't in alot of pain just swelled up alot but its how the surgent did the circumcision the forskin is still over the top of the head of the penis he sowed it in the head of the penis I haven't seen or heard of it being done like that always seen the skin over the top of the head so has anyone had the something done to them I worried it's going to look wearied and to top it off it got infected so I hope that doesn't mess it up and it seems that it hids in me it use to hang out looked normal so has that happen to anyone





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I have entered a question but forgot my name and e-mail address, so I will repeat it. I am in my 70th year and following a Circumcision 12 months ago, I am still have serious problems, where the cut took place and the tip of the Penis is still very sore, in fact just where the cut took place it has bleed. My wife and I do not have intercourse anymore but once a week she tries to Masterbate me but this is very sore and has to stop. I have tried to use Fucidin Cream prescribed by the Dr. but this has not worked, I still get a normal erection and it is very frustating not to be able to proceed, my wife is very understanding and is quite upset for me, the Consultant that performed the procedure has examined me at least twice and tells me all is ok but because of the where the cut took place being very sore indeed, also the Penis head, even my underclothes make it difficult, what can I do





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I was circumcised a few years ago, and I have these kind of holes near the top of my shaft.. what are they? There's one hole on the shaft where it's like a tunnel.. What can it be?





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I think I have Balanitis Xerótica Obliterante as I have red blotches on the end of my penis.They look as though they are just under the very fine skin covering the glans. I was circumcised some 20 years ago -- now 72.Is there any way that this can be alleviated. It seems to get worse after oral sex [sucking] by my wife??





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I was circumcised at age 40 I am now 75. It was fairly high and tight. My glans has been totally exposed ever since. I have loved it. Certainly desensitizes but makes sex last much longer - better for female partner. No post surgical problems. Masturbation fine. But would not cut neonates much safer with a bigger penis. Foreskins are not attractive. Half my life with and half without - vote for "roundhead."





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I was circumcised in my forties due to hygiene and the foreskin becoming swollen during sex. I had a procedure similar to an epidural, and felt absolutely nothing. The only problem after the procedure was everytime I fell asleep at night I would get an erection, that was uncomfortable to say the least, I thought my stitches were going to pop. Don't be put off talking to your GP about problems with your manhood, get it sorted, I'm glad I did, wish I had done it sooner.





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I was circumcised when I was 14 as part of a late bris. My parents were both Jewish but my mum didn't want me cut. My dad did and after they divorced, I was visiting my dad on holiday and he forced me to be circumcised. The mohel had the nerve to blame me for "messing him up" because I didn't hold still while he was he cutting me. I'm in my mid-twenties now and I want to get married to my girlfriend of four years but I've got a lot of scar tissue on my penis. My urologist says it's keloid. I've had one surgery to remove scar tissue so that I could urinate properly again but my urologist is not hopeful about the prospect of removing the large amount of scarring. He says it will probably reoccur. Erections hurt me to the point that I don't even want to attempt sex so I feel like I don't have much to lose by trying surgeries or other treatments. Any help?





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I got circumcised just after the new year. Not going to lie, its painful after the local anaesthetic wears off. For the first 2 weeks, the stitches take long to dissolve but its well worth the choice. It boosts not only your self-esteem but sexual confidence around woman. I would recommend getting it done as your less likely to catch any serious infection, and if so treating it wouldn't be as much a problem as if you have foreskin.





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I got circumcised just after the new year. Not going to lie, its painful after the local anaesthetic wears off. For the first 2 weeks, the stitches take long to dissolve but its well worth the choice. It boosts not only your self-esteem but sexual confidence around woman. I would recommend getting it done as your less likely to catch any serious infection, and if so treating it wouldn't be as much a problem as if you have foreskin.





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Hi im 15 and i can pull my foreskin back when i have a flaccid penis but when it is erect and i have my penis erect it starts too become quite tight and uncomfortable i was considering telling my parent and possibly getting a circumcision but i just wanted to ask what the best thing too do was. i heard there was a cream but i was no sure.





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Hello Tom, I'm 27 years old and I suffered from the same problem you had growing up. It made sex quite uncomfortable to start. I had a frenuloplasty (removal of the 'banjo string') and a dorsal slit (cut down one side of the foreskin to ease retraction when erect) at the same time back in 2007. This cut over time tightened up and developed scar tissue. Hence on 28/02/14 I had to have a circumcision as my foreskin was so tight it wouldn't even retract while flaccid. All I can say is get a circumcision! Yes its painful - I'd recommend general anaesthetic as the local they gave me hurt like hell when administered to the base of the penis! - My chest lifted off the bed I was in so much pain! Seriously though go and ask your gp for a referral to a urologist and go from there. My equipment now looks smarter, stays cleaner and as an added bonus for the ladies - lasts longer having removed some 20,000 nerve endings in the foreskin!





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