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Frenectomy: A Common Procedure Performed with Adult Circumcision

If you’re considering adult circumcision, you may have heard about a procedure called frenectomy. A frenectomy, sometimes referred to as frenulectomy, is a common surgical procedure performed along with circumcision to address issues with the frenulum. In this article, we’ll discuss the frenectomy procedure, why it’s performed, and what you can expect during the procedure.


What is a Frenectomy?

The frenulum is a thin band of tissue that connects the foreskin to the glans penis. In some men, the frenulum may be too short or tight, causing discomfort or pain during intercourse or masturbation. Frenectomy is a procedure that involves removing or loosening the frenulum to relieve these symptoms.


Frenectomy is commonly performed in conjunction with circumcision. During the circumcision procedure, the foreskin is removed, and the frenulum may also be addressed if necessary. If the frenulum is tight or causing discomfort, the surgeon may perform a frenulectomy to alleviate these symptoms.


Why is Frenectomy Performed?

Frenectomy is performed to address several issues related to the frenulum. These may include:


  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse or masturbation
  • Difficulty retracting the foreskin
  • Tears or injuries to the frenulum during sexual activity
  • Skin irritation or inflammation around the frenulum


In some cases, a tight or short frenulum can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. By addressing these issues with a frenulectomy, men can experience improved sexual function and reduced discomfort during sexual activity.


What to Expect During the Procedure

Frenectomy is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in conjunction with circumcision. The procedure typically takes around 30 minutes and is performed under local anaesthesia.


During the procedure, Dr. Read will make a small incision in the frenulum and remove or loosen the tissue as necessary. The area is then sutured to promote healing.


After the procedure, you may experience some swelling or discomfort in the area. Dr. Read will provide you with instructions on how to care for the wound and manage any pain or discomfort.



Frenectomy can help alleviate discomfort and improve sexual function for men with issues related to the frenulum. If you’re considering adult circumcision and think you may benefit from a frenectomy, talk to D.r Read about your options.

At the Gold Coast Circumcision Centre, we offer a range of circumcision services, including infant circumcision, and teen and adult circumcision. If you’re interested in learning more or booking a consultation with Dr Read, please call us on 07 5530 3205.


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