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Doctors Opposing Circumcision

Foreskin Restoration

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Doctors Opposing Circumcision approves of foreskin restoration for any male who is troubled by his circumcision and wants to restore his normal bodily configuration.

We recognize that an important part of the body has been lost, and that it is perfectly reasonable to want to attempt to restore both form and function as much as possible. We recognize that a support person is important during the process. We recognize that many doctors fail to support men who ask for help during this process. Indeed, they often ridicule them. We assert that this is inferior medical care. However, since the doctors frequently are victims of circumcision themselves, it is to be expected. Medical doctors are not trained in foreskin restoration, so a medical doctor is likely to be of little help to a man who wants to restore his foreskin. We recommend that men who wish to restore not consult a doctor until they are certain that he or she will be supportive, and knowledgeable.

Foreskin restoration may offer psychological or emotional benefits for some males.1

Foreskin restoration may be done by surgical grafting of tissue from another part of the body2 or it may be done by tissue expansion of residual penile skin.3 Surgical restoration has not proved to be satisfactory, so DOC recommends surgical restoration be avoided.

We recommend stretching techniques, rather than surgery, which may include grafts. Stretching causes permanent tissue expansion gradually over time.

Foreskin restoration by tissue expansion was known in ancient times3 4 but the technique was lost. It was rediscovered in the late twentieth century.5 Tissue expansion is used by plastic surgeons in restorative surgery.6 It is also used by lay restorers. Foreskin restoration by tissue expansion is inexpensive, safe, and becoming increasingly popular. Women are learning that sex is better when their male parter has an intact foreskin, so some women now are demanding that their husbands restore.

There are several good sources of information about foreskin restoration on the Internet. We recommend:

References

  1. Boyle GJ, Goldman R, Svoboda JS, Fernandez E. Male circumcision: pain, trauma and psychosexual sequelae. J Health Psychol 2002;7(3):329-43.
  2. Greer DM, Mohl PC, Sheley KA. A technique for foreskin reconstruction and some preliminary results. J Sex Res 1982;18(4):324-30.
  3. Hall RG. Epispasm: circumcision in reverse. Bible Review 1992; August: 52-7.
  4. Schultheiss D, Truss MC, Stief CG, Jonas U. Uncircumcision: a historical review of preputial restoration. Plast Reconstr Surg 1998;101(7):1990-8.
  5. Jim Bigelow, PhD. Uncircumcising: undoing the effects of an ancient practice in a modern world. Mothering 1994;Summer:56-61.
  6. Radovan C. Tissue expansion in soft-tissue reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 1984;74(4):482-92.


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