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Genital Reconstruction

Conditions that obstruct or conceal the penis can be devastating to self-confidence, carry health risks, and negatively impact urination and sexual functioning. Progressive skin conditions in the genital region may lead to continued drainage, massive swelling, bleeding or pain, and can require surgery for correction.

Genital Reconstruction: Why Choose Johns Hopkins 

  • Our role as a referral center means we have the resources to accommodate nuanced conditions and the necessary experience to address the most dramatic requirements of genital reconstruction — and we can refer patients to sub-specialists as needed. 
  • We have an expert team that can successfully treat a range of conditions, including: buried penis, hydrocele, circumcision complications, scrotal webbing, hidradenitis suppurativa (inflamed or infected sweat glands), condyloma acuminatum (genital warts), and complications of failed penile enlargement surgery.     

Genital Reconstruction Experts 

Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in urology and plastic surgery who share knowledge and work together throughout every step of your care, from consultation through recovery. 


What to Expect 

  • Your pre-surgical workup will require a physical exam and typically an imaging test such as a CT scan. 
  • Our surgeons have extensive experience with complex reconstructive urology and will work with you to help decide the best approach for you and your situation. The goal of any surgical option is to restore the penis so you’re able to stand to void. 
  • In severe cases, a skin graft to the penis may be required. The dressing for this procedure is very complex, so we will help you manage this following surgery. 
  • A multidisciplinary team is often required to aid in restoring both the function and appearance of the genitals. Our surgeons will collaborate with all Johns Hopkins clinicians involved in your care to ensure the most effective and efficient treatment. 
  • If your genital condition is a result of severe obesity and you are planning to receive bariatric surgery, that operation should be performed prior to genital reconstructive surgery. 
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