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(FAQ) What’s balanitis, posthitis, are they related to phimosis? | Dr. Harold Reed | The Reed Centre for Cosmetic Circumcision

Dr. Reed, I am uncircumcised but told because I have difficulty retracting my foreskin I have phimosis.  Does this mean I also have balanitiis and posthitis?   This could be an insurance coverage issue.  Greg

Dear Greg,

Most insurance companies will fund for an adult circumcision to correct phimosis, regardless if you have balanitis or posthitis.  When you see the suffix “itis” that means an inflammation like tonsillitis or appendicitis.  Balanos is the Greek word relating to acorn and balanitis is inflammation of the head of the penis.

Posthitis refers to inflammation of the foreskin.  If the inside of the foreskin is involved, you could have by contact inflammation of the head or glans as well – balanitis. When they occur together we say “balano-posthitis.”

Yet, we have seen men with phimosis with surprisingly no serious degree of either. Please see some before and after photos below of adult circumcision and phimosis..


Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Cosmetic Circumcision | Miami


Very tight pin-point phimosis with no appreciable inflammation

Surprisingly no balanitis or posthitis

Phimosis and inflamed foreskin: posthitis

Will Circumcision Revision Cure my Balanitis? FAQ | Dr. Harold Reed M.D. | Chronic balanitis

Dr. Reed,  Had an adult circumcision because of balanitis, and thought this would cure it.  Perhaps the doctor left the foreskin too long.  Do you think if more skin was removed which covers a portion of my head, this would result in a cure.  My wife and I enjoy sex.   Will circumcision revision Cure…Continue Reading

Recurrent inflammation of the foreskin and glans (posthitis and balanitis)

I’m sixty-one years old and have had recurrent inflammation of the foreskin and glans.  Circumcision has been a consideration but until now I haven’t had the nerve. Presently I’m covered under Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and was wondering if you were a participant in this plan? Thank you, Ralph Dear Ralph, Appreciate your interest…Continue Reading

Adult Circumcision for Balanitis

Dear Dr. Reed, Have chronic inflammation of the head of my penis and when I try to retract it to cleanse, there is some tearing and small amount of bleeding.  Is the a non-surgical cure? Raymond Dear Raymond, Balanitis means inflammation of the head and comes from the Greek word balanos or acorn.  If the…Continue Reading