Although many men were circumcised as children, some men desire circumcision as adults, either for cosmetic reasons or because of certain health conditions (infections or stuck foreskin: phimosis). The reconstructive urologists at University of Utah Health Care are expert in both circumcision and frenulotomy, which are precise plastic surgery procedures. Schedule a consultation with one of our specialists and learn your options.

How the Procedure Is Performed


Typically, a newborn circumcision is done using a clamp device. With a teenager or adult, a much more precise surgical procedure is required to get a good cosmetic outcome. For either circumcision or frenulotomy (also known as a frenulectomy), the procedure can be performed under a good local anesthetic or the patient may elect a general anesthetic. Both procedures are done as outpatient. A special dressing is left on for several days and then is removed, either at home or in the office.

Some men are concerned about the cosmetics and sensation of the penis after circumcision. There are vocal groups that consider circumcision to be a barbaric practice. While it is certainly true that the penis looks and feels differently after a circumcision, patient choice and the treatment of painful and harmful conditions of the foreskin are the most important. Most studies do not show worsening of sensation or sexual pleasure after circumcision. Additionally, circumcision does not shorten the penis. If a patient has unsightly scarring from a previous circumcision, these can also be repaired successfully.


A variation of circumcision is when a patient has a tight frenulum (the tissue between the head of the penis and the underside of the penis). This may cause pain or bending during erection. This condition can be treated by a procedure called frenulotomy.

William O. Brant, M.D., FECSM, FACS

William O. Brant, MD FACS FECSM, is a board-certified urologist, specializing in sexual dyfunction, disorders of the penis, Men's health, Peyronies diesease, male urinary incontinence, scrotal and testicular problems, and prosthetic surgery. He attended Dartmouth College (undergraduate) and the University of Washington, Seattle (graduate) and then ... Read More

James M. Hotaling, M.D., M.S., FECSM

Dr. Hotaling has significant training in both the clinical aspects of male fertility and genetic epidemiology and he is currently the only fellowship trained male infertility/andrology expert in Utah. He completed a 6 year residency in urology at the University of Washington, elected to pursue a year of sub-specialty training in male infertility ... Read More

Jeremy B. Myers, M.D.

Dr. Myers completed specialty training with Dr. Jack McAninch at University of California, San Fransisco. His fellowship was in trauma and urologic reconstructive surgery. In his practice, Dr. Myers treats a variety of conditions. These include conditions like urethral strictures, ureteral scarring from previous surgery or congenital development... Read More


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Kathryn M. Trueheart, PA-C, MPAS

Kathryn (Kate) Trueheart, PA-C, grew up in Rochester, New York and attended Boston University where she completed an undergraduate degree in East Asian studies. From there she went to Berkeley, California, where she attended Meiji College of Oriental Medicine, earned a master of science in Oriental medicine and became a licensed acupuncturist. Aft... Read More

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