This site discusses phimosis in its specific forms of phimotic ring, frenulum breve, adhesions or skinbridges. During erection these conditions inhibit the relationship between foreskin and glans. This functionally restricts the erection, and thus has an effect on the sexuality. With our culture's attitudes on health care, it would be appropriate to monitor boys before puberty and encourage early prevention.

2012 : note from author: My previous idea of monitoring boys before puberty is impractical, unecessary and now only of historical interest. please see Postscript.

SKIN BRIDGES

If the infant epithelial adhesions are broken and the sticky skin surfaces are allowed to rest in contact with each other again, they can fuse together causing small connecting strings or bands of skin tissue between the foreskin and the glans:

Skin bridges usually occur singly among uncircumcised boys, however they are typically associated with circumcised boys when the healing process is not supervised, here they form in groups between the circumcision scar and the glans.

Depending on where they are, they are sometimes painful and/or restrict a full erection. They can be treated with a very simple division.


Infant adhesions are a natural adhesive bonding between the foreskin and the glans. This epithelium or layer is sometimes called epithelial adhesions. Should this bond be broken and the raw sticky skin surfaces be allowed to rest in contact again (in the presence of oxygen?), they fuse together with surprising efficiency, these fusions are called skin bridges.

Skin Bridges can occur in uncircumcised or circumcised boys. They can easily be half an inch long and a quarter inch wide, they can be either circular or flat.

In uncircumcised boys skin bridges usually occur singly. They can sometimes be hidden behind and combined with a phimosis usually they are situated near the front of the prepuce often directly underneath the meatus (the urinary opening of the glans). "It was attached to the inside of my foreskin - the inner foreskin, and stretched across to the tip of my glans - beside the meatus. It was about 6 mm in length, and about 4 mm wide. It was ordinary skin as far as I could see."

Skin bridges are usually associated with infant routine full circumcision. Among circumcised boys when the healing process is not supervised, skin bridges may form in rows between the circumcision scar and the glans.

I am grateful to Gregory Berrnath for the following description.
"After I was circumcised as an infant, the wound was not taken care of with sufficient diligence, and it healed incorrectly. Portions of the raw edge of the remaining foreskin bonded to the glans, a little bit above the lower edge of the glans. This left series of "skin bridges",... .

"These varied in width from about 1/16" to 1/4", and were attached off and on over about 2/3 of the circumference. ... It was a long time before I even realized it was abnormal." Greg cut these skin bridges himself, afterwards he notes that the length of his erect penis had increased by 1/4 inch.

TREATMENT
Skin-bridges require the very simple treatment of cutting through the joining bridge. Professional treatment could easily be found through any surgeon or even any normal doctor.

Chapter One
Related File Infant Adhesions: The Epithelium
For a personal account on skin bridge treatment see Greg