Okay fellas, here's some good news: If you're worried or embarrassed over the hand nature dealt your reproductive member, those concerns may be for nought.
In all but the worst conditions, Dr Koichi Nagao, a lecturer in urology at Toho University Hospital, tells Weekly Playboy (Aug 1), the problems can be managed through proper hygiene with no surgery required. The most common concerns appear to be related to "sanitary matters" or fears of developing a disease, which in either case can be dealt with by retracting the foreskin and washing the glans thoroughly. That, by the way, may also help reduce oversensitivity that may be a cause of premature ejaculation.
The problem, however, is that a lot of young guys are in the dark over this condition, and fall prey to unethical clip joints that charge an arm and a leg to remove their foreskin.
Over five years from 2011, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan has received 1,092 complaints from men who had undergone elective surgery. But considering that other victims were likely to be too ashamed to go public with their problem, that number might just be the tip of the iceberg.
The center conducted a survey of 150 males who had undergone circumcisions at clinics over the previous three years. Some 40% of patients said they still had concerns or dissatisfactions, among which were that the sutures tore after the operation (10%); persistent pain (10%); cramping (8.7%); swelling (8.7%); a strange skin sensation (6.7%); conspicuous scars remaining (6.7%) and so on.
On a page emblazoned with a full frontal photo of Michalangelo's David, a 20-year-old male poured out his woes to Weekly Playboy.
"The clinic advertised a procedure for 70,000 to 100,000 yen," he relates. "I told them I was okay with paying up to 100,000 yen. But they dissuaded me from a 'cheap' procedure and I wound up signing a contract for 800,000 yen. I underwent surgery the same day. Two weeks later the incision split open, and now I have no sensation at all in the shaft of my penis."
Another man in his 20s who suffered from a botched operation was quoted as saying, "After things got worse, I finally went to a regular hospital and the doctor told me the skin had necrotized."
And this, from a man in his 50s: "I saw an ad claiming it could be done for around 100,000 yen, but the clinical counselor advised additional procedure, and offered to fix me up with a credit firm. They hustled me into going ahead for 1.8 million yen."
The Consumer Affairs Center's survey also examined discrepancies between fees that the patients had expected to pay and what they were actually charged. In 8 cases, patients expecting to pay far less wound up paying 500,000 yen; 21 paid over 500,000 yen; 20 over 1 million yen; and 12 over 1.5 million yen.
This is not to say that affordable help is not available for those with genuine medical problems. Take the condition known as paraphimosis, in which the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis becomes trapped behind the glans. Surgery under the national health insurance scheme costs about 8,000 yen. And when certain other procedures are performed as elective surgery, while costs even at a reputable hospital can run up to 200,000 yen, no other "additional charges" are padded on.
The aforementioned Dr Nagao warns that whatever you do, don't agree to undergo the surgery on the same day you call for a consultation as these clinics are notorious for follow a bait-and-switch technique, first dangling inexpensive basic charges and then pitching enhancements like pricey injections they claim will "boost the size."
From the above, going through with penis surgery might might seem like a risky proposition. Does that mean all men should eschew circumcision, for either medical or esthetic reasons? WP cites another survey by males who sought a trim, of whom 89% said they're glad they went through with it. Among the testimonials from satisfied customers were claims that the reduced sensitivity helped to prolong the sexual act.© Japan Today