Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 1119–1121 | Cite as

Preputial flaps to correct buried penis

  • Chih-Chun ChuEmail author
  • Yi-Hsin Chen
  • Guan-Yeu Diau
  • Ih-Wei Loh
  • Ke-Chi Chen
Original Article


The authors developed a preputial skin flap technique to correct the buried penis which was simple and practical. This simple procedure can be applied to most boys with buried penis. In the last 3 years, we have seen 12 boys with buried penis and have been treated by using preputial flaps. The mean age is about 5.1 (from 3 to 12). By making a longitudinal incision on the ventral side of penis, the tightness of the foreskin is released and leave a diamond-shaped skin defect. It allows the penile shaft to extend out. A circumferential incision is made about 5 mm proximal to the coronal sulcus. Pedicled preputial flaps are obtained leaving optimal penile skin on the dorsal side. The preputial skin flaps are rotated onto the ventral side and tailored to cover the defect. All patients are followed for at least 3 months. Edema and swelling on the flaps are common, but improves with time. None of our patients need a second operation. The preputial flaps technique is a simple technique which allows surgeons to deal with most cases of buried penis by tailoring the flaps providing good cosmetic and functional results.


Buried penis Preputial flaps Concealed penis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih-Chun Chu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yi-Hsin Chen
    • 1
  • Guan-Yeu Diau
    • 1
  • Ih-Wei Loh
    • 2
  • Ke-Chi Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Surgery, Tri-Service General HospitalNational Defense Medical CenterTaipeiTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Chung Shan HospitalTaipeiTaiwan, ROC

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