Will Suprapubic Liposuction Help With A Buried Penis Problem?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in learning about suprapubic liposuction. I’ve been searching for answers for my 8 year old son for 8 years. He has a buried penis. He has had two surgeries already when he was 2, which rearranged the skin on his penis to have it appear normal looking, however nothing was done with the suprapubic fat pad. It took me two years to finally get someone to acknowledge that there was actually a problem with my son’s penis. He was a stalky baby weighing nearly 9lbs, and I was told he would lose the mound when he grew and was a toddler. He didn’t, he’s still a stalky child, very active but never loses the mound. His penis is totally hidden, but can be exposed if he pushes the fat pad down around it. He is active in hockey and baseball and is getting to the age where it needs to be addressed before he starts getting ridiculed by his peers. I would really y appreciate any information you could give me regarding this procedure.

A: Suprapubic liposuction can very helpful in children and adults with a buried penis problem. The suprapubic mound is a common companion of the buried penis problem. It is not fat that is responsive to weight loss nor will it go away as one gets older. Suprapubic mound liposuction can be very effective at reducing the mound and helping get some more penile exposure. There is a limit as to how much penile exposure will occur but the fat mound can be significantly reduced. Suprapubic mound liposuction is a simple outpatient procedure that uses small cannulas to extract the fat through two small groin incisions. (4mms) The recovery is very short although it takes several months for all the swelling and firmness to dissipate from the base of the penis.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana