What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is the surgical removal of the frenulum on the penis.

What is the frenulum?

The frenulum is a small elastic-band-like piece of connective tissue that connects the foreskin to the penis. It is informally called the ‘banjo string’ by some people, and is found on the underside of the penis.

The frenulum exists to allow the foreskin to retract when erect and return to cover the head of the penis when flaccid.

Why can it be a problem?

In some men, the frenulum can be tight. This can lead to tension on the penis resulting in a bent shape, or tearing during sex or masturbation.

In some cases, a torn frenulum might require a frenectomy. This is especially common if tears occur on a regularly basis and form scar tissue, which can make the frenulum even less elastic and lead to further tearing.

Do circumcisions remove the frenulum?

Circumcision and frenectomy are two separate procedures. Whilst both can be carried out at the same time, you can choose to keep your frenulum during a circumcision if you prefer. You should discuss this with your surgeon or doctor.

Whilst circumcision removes the need for a frenulum, some men choose to retain it.

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