Phimosis Treatment for Men in New York City – Adult Circumcision Specialists

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

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What is Phimosis?

Phimosis in AdultsPhimosis refers to the uncircumcised penis, where the foreskin cannot be pulled back over the head of the penis.  Normally when the penis is uncircumcised, the foreskin can easily be pulled back for cleaning as well as during sex when putting condoms on.

When the foreskin cannot be pulled back, men have difficulty with sex, sometimes experience pain during sex, may experience small cuts and bleeding and may develop swelling or infection of the foreskin.  It may also cause hygienic problems and infection (balanitis or inflammation of the foreskin of the penis) or UTI (urinary tract infection).

If phimosis is less severe, skin tightness, pain and inability to pull back foreskin may only be present when the penis is erect.  When phimosis is more severe, the foreskin may be so tight that it cannot be pulled back when the penis is not erect.

What is the Treatment for Phimosis?

In general treatment for phimosis is either medical with a steroid cream or surgical with circumcision.  The most appropriate choice of treatment depends on the patient’s age as well as the severity of phimosis.  At New York Urology Specialists we offer same-day circumcision; most men are able to go back to work the next day.

Creams for Treatment of Phimosis

Treatment with corticosteroid cream such as 0.05% betamethasone works about 40% of the time in children.

In adults corticosteroid cream is usually effective if the problem (phimosis) is new – has been present for less than 2-3 months and mild.  In adult men who have severe phimosis, corticosteroid cream is usually not effective. Men who have had phimosis all their adult life or more than a few months, corticosteroid cream is typically ineffective – it may improve symptoms temporarily while the cream is applied but phimosis typically recurs.   

In patients who have fungal balanitis (infection) causing phimosis, a combination antifungal cream such as 1% clotrimazole and betamethasone often helps if the problem is mild and new. When the problem keeps recurring or phimosis is severe, circumcision is recommended.  In men with diabetes, fungal balanitis tends to recur often, and circumcision is typically the preferred treatment option.

Circumcision is the most effective treatment option for phimosis with greater than 95% success rate in curing phimosis.  Circumcision has similarly high success rate in curing balanitis.

Treatment of Phimosis in Adults

In adults, phimosis tends to be more severe with more pronounced scarring of the foreskin.  While corticosteroid creams may be useful for some adults with less severe phimosis, men with more severe phimosis and with long-standing phimosis typically do not benefit from steroid cream or phimosis recurs after the cream is stopped.

In general, there is no downside in trying steroid cream except for the loss of time.  Typically, betamethasone cream or equivalent is used.  It is important to see an experienced urologist if the problem persists more than a few weeks as phimosis and balanitis may also be caused by penile cancer.

Circumcision is the most definitive treatment for phimosis in adults with a very low risk of recurrence of less than 5%.

In adults, freestyle sleeve circumcision is usually performed.  When phimosis is severe, dorsal slit followed by sleeve circumcision is performed.

Schedule a consultation for treatment of phimosis today or contact us or call   1-(646) 663-5545We see many men with phimosis who have waited for years before getting treatment. Their only regret is that they did not call us sooner.

What is Redundant Foreskin?

Redundant prepuce or redundant foreskin is not the same as phimosis.  Redundant prepuce or redundant foreskin refers to a normal uncircumcised penis.

Partial Circumcision or Dorsal Slit procedure

Dorsal slit procedure is usually performed in emergency situations.  The risks and recovery after dorsal slit procedure and circumcision are fairly similar.  Dorsal slit procedure results in suboptimal aesthetic outcomes.  Partial circumcision can be performed to leave some redundant foreskin but there is no advantage to it.  It may also cause functional problems.  For these reasons, full circumcision is usually performed.

Treatment of Phimosis in Children

Phimosis in very young children is a normal finding and typically resolves with age.  No treatment is necessary unless it causes problems such as infections, poor hygiene or pain with urination.

In older children if phimosis does not resolve spontaneously, or if there is no obvious phimotic band (scar tissue), treatment with a corticosteroid cream is often effective.  If steroid cream does not help resolve phimosis, circumcision is an appropriate treatment option.

What is the Cause of Phimosis in Adults

Phimosis is usually caused by abnormal scarring of the foreskin usually caused by trauma, which may be microscopic and unrecognized. Microtrauma is very common during sex but usually heals without a problem. When it heals with a scar, phimosis may occur. Infections may also predispose to phimosis.  In men who have lifelong phimosis, the cause is not readily identifiable.

Phimosis Stretching Exercises – Do They Work?

Phimosis stretching exercises may be beneficial for some children and adult men with mild phimosis in combination with steroid cream.  For more severe phimosis, stretching typically does not help and may often lead to more severe scarring and more pronounced phimosis.

Phimosis and Frenulum Breve

Phimosis often coexists with frenulum breve, which is a short frenulum of the penis, a tissue band on the underside of the penis that sometimes causes pain with erections.  When phimosis co-exists with frenulum breve, circumcision alongside with frenuloplasty addresses both problems in one procedure.

Why Choose New York Urology Specialists for your Circumcision?

  • All circumcisions are performed by a Board-certified urologist experienced in performing adult circumcisions, not an assistant.  Our circumcision dr is one of the most experienced specialists who perform adult circumcision.
  • We are one of the few practices in the region to offer circumcision under local anesthesia and same-day circumcision.  We are the first practice in the US to offer ShangRing circumcision
  • We offer circumcision under local anesthesia which avoids the risks, costs, and recovery from general anesthesia. Most men are able to return to office work and other normal activities the next day.
  • Experience: Hundreds of Successful circumcisions performed under local anesthesia at the Circumcision Center at New York Urology Specialists.
  • We are conveniently located within 30-60 minute commute to men who are seeking circumcision in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Long Island, Bronx and New Jersey.
  • Men from outside New York area can easily reach us via local airports: JFK and La Guardia

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Phimosis  is Treatable in Nearly Every Man

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of penile problems in men including phimosis and balanitis.  We understand the challenges that foreskin problems create for our patients, their relationships and their self-esteem. We help you find a treatment for penile and foreskin problems that fits your needs, your lifestyle and your preferences.

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of men with phimosis, balanitis, and erectile dysfunction. By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man who desires an effective treatment for ED. We offer medical and surgical treatment for sexual problems in men.

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3P Removal
by on Jul 24, 2019

Went to get my penile papule remove. Got done same day, it was fast, great staff, and most importantly, pleased with the result.

by on Jul 09, 2019

Went in for a procedure with Dr. Alex and he was very calm and thorough about the the operation and the recovery. From the front desk to his assistants, everyone was very courteous, professional and polite. I highly recommend NY Urologist Specialist. They are outstanding!!!

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by on Jul 06, 2019

I am a 54 year-old male who is extremely happy with my care at New York Urology Specialists. I came to see Dr. Alex out of near desperation after consulting with three other urologists. Literally over one night, I began experiencing severe penile pain and burning. None of the other urologists were able to help diagnose what my problem was and seemingly didn't take my problem very seriously. In fact, one of them specifically told me at it had nothing to do with my prostate. After 6 weeks of suffering, I saw Dr. Alex. He examined me and gave me some tests and lab work. He very quickly ascertained that my problem was due to an enlarged prostate. He proscribed medicine to deal with my pain in the short-term and keep my prostate size in check over the long-term. My problem quickly disappeared. Today, 5 years later, I feel great. Dr, Alex listens to you as a patient, takes your opinion and health concerns seriously and knows his field inside-and-out so that you can get proper treatment for your problem. I can't thank him enough for diagnosing and solving my malady - you sometimes can't appreciate a problem until you have it. Getting rid of it and getting back to normal is so important - I am so glad that I saw Dr. Alex for my problem.

Professional staff as well as the Doctor
by on Jun 18, 2019

Professional staff as well as the Doctor

First class Surgeon & staff
by on Sep 24, 2018

From the very appointment to the last follow-up visit, I felt I was at the right place and with the right people around me. Dr. Alex Stheynshlyuger and his staff made it easy and confortable. I would recommend them to every man.

Satisfied Patient
by on Sep 15, 2018

I am very please and satisfied with everything that has been offorded to me by New York Urology Specialist Office.....Dr Alex

Surgical Procedure
by on Sep 01, 2018

Dr Alex and his staff are through professionals in every sense of the word. From initial diagnosis to a period of evaluating and ruling out options, we decided upon a surgical solution, which appears for the most part to have corrected the issue. Thanks to Ana, and the staff, especially Dr. Alex for treating me so well. Best regards, Lee

by on Aug 16, 2018

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by on Apr 11, 2018

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My wife was elated
by on Jan 15, 2018

Well I put it to use last night and man, good job. My wife was elated. u made it much better somehow, so thank u for fixing my penis

by on Dec 05, 2017

"Cannot express how thankful I am I found Dr. Shtetnshlyuger. After undergoing surgery to correct a penile torsion I couldn't be happier with the results. A great doctor who is clearly good at what he does. With something as important as your private area, It's nice to be able to rest easy and know you are in good hands.." via 12/5/2017

by on Nov 19, 2017

I am writing to thank dr. Alex. He is thorough, professional, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I have seen him for ED and prostate issues, and he has explained all my options clearly, and found solutions that have been a great help. thank you! I highly recommend both Dr. Alex and his staff, which I find to be helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. They are a pleasure to deal with and all have been a great help.

by on Nov 18, 2017

The attention and care that I received were reassuring and superb. My uneasiness was quickly dispelled by the skill and efficiency they demonstrated during the brief procedure. As a result, my comfort and appearance has improved considerably, and I highly value both Dr. Alex and his staff.

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by on Sep 14, 2017

I am very much thankful for meeting Dr Alex .I had a very serious medical problem I visited many doctors but none could not help me it was very difficult for me until I visited Dr Alex after a couple visits my medical problem is no more I feel very great also I felt almost 20 years younger Dr Alex is second to none fantastic doctor. Thanks again Dr Alex from my family.

Good Dr. who cares about his patients
by on Aug 18, 2017

Received circumcision from Dr. Shteynshlyuger. Dr. Shteynshlyuger is a very good specialist who cares for his patients. He was always concerned with my physical and mental comfort prior, during and post-operation. Dr. Alex is very thorough in his work to assess any problems and provide the necessary solution. Being that he has recently moved to a new location, this may afford for speedier appointments and easier flow of patients in and out. In addition, more personal space for waiting patients. If there was any con, it would be, the lack of space at his prior office and being able to see his patients at the appointed time, but a necessary sacrifice for good, careful work. I would recommend him as a very good doctor.

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by on Jul 03, 2014

I am feeling better now after visiting clinic New York urology specialists. Excellent staff and appointment on time.

Thank you for excellent care
by on Jan 07, 2013

Dear Dr. Alex: We want to thank you for the excellent care you provided for George during his emergency operation and the follow up treatment. Your quiet, confident manner was reassuring to us during a very scary time for us. We will never forget you. George Sally R. Date: 2013

We appreciate all that you did to help my dad
by on Sep 17, 2012

Dear Dr. Alex – I just wanted to write you a note to thank you for all of the care you have gave to my father during his illness. We appreciate all that you did to help my dad through his illness. We wanted to be sure to let you know how much it meant to us. Sincerely Joanne R.

We love you!
by on Feb 16, 2012

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger and Staff – Thank you so much for taking care of my husband Bob. Dr. Alex: I thank God everyday for you. You were an answer to prayer.

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men using modern effective and proven treatment methods.  He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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