Buried penis isn’t a common condition, but if you’re dealing with it, you know that it can disrupt your life in numerous ways. The causes of buried penis vary, and it’s important for your treatment plan to be tailored to your specific situation for it to be most effective.
Dr. Paul Chung and his staff are sensitive to the social and physical implications of buried penis, and we understand the discomfort you may feel about even discussing your problem. However, surgical intervention is successful in most cases of buried penis, and most men who have surgery to correct it report being very satisfied.
Here, we discuss the potential causes of buried penis, the surgery to correct it, and what you can expect during recovery.
Why buried penis develops
If you have buried penis, your penis is of a normal size, but is not visible. This condition is most prevalent among obese men, and there’s often significant swelling of the scrotal tissue contributing to the problem.
In some instances buried penis is a result of complications of circumcision. In others, the problem has to do with the ligaments that attach to your penis being too weak.
No matter the cause, the problems that buried penis can cause include
- Difficulty urinating
- Practicing appropriate hygiene
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Skin infections irritation
You may have difficulty getting an erection or having sex, and there’s certainly a psychological aspect to the problem as well.
Correcting buried penis
Because every situation is unique, Dr. Chung takes a very personal, tailored approach to design an appropriate treatment plan for you. In most cases, during your surgery he will remove the fat pad in your pubic area. If you have excessive swelling contributing to your problem, he may need to remove swollen tissue on the scrotum and penile shaft.
Depending on your circumstances, Dr. Chung may do other procedures as well, such as a skin graft. The goal is to restore function and appearance during your surgery.
Just as Dr. Chung tailors your procedure to fit your specific and unique needs, he provides detailed aftercare instructions for you. We make sure you understand what you need to do and what kinds of things require a call or visit to our office in the hours and days following your surgery.
Some general tips for recovering following surgery include:
Prepare for your surgery in advance
Have some easy-to-prepare meals on hand, set up an area for sleeping downstairs if necessary, and arrange for someone to check in on you if you live alone.
Be ready to rest
Surgery is a major event and your body will need time to recuperate. If you’re planning on catching up on work, perhaps reconsider. You’ll need more sleep than usual during your recovery so clear your schedule to accommodate that need.
Take pain medications as advised
Prior to your surgery, we’ll discuss pain medications with you to make sure you can take whatever Dr. Chung prescribes. Understanding your pain relief options before you need them is important.
See to hydration and nutrition
It may be tempting to simply order fast food for delivery during your recovery, but that’s not the best option for your health. You want to eat a nutritious diet during the days and weeks after surgery so that your body has the fuel it needs to heal. You should also make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
If you have questions about recovery in the context of your busy life, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chung. He’s always happy to answer your questions, and wants you to enjoy a speedy and complete recovery.