Surgery for penile cancer

Surgery is the most common treatment for penile cancer.

You might have surgery in combination with other treatments for penile cancer.

Before your operation

Find out about what happens before surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you might need to do.

Types of surgery for penile cancer

Types of surgery for penile cancer include circumcision, glans resurfacing or removal of the penis (penectomy).

After surgery

Find out how you’ll feel during the first few days after your surgery, about making progress and going home.

Problems after surgery for penile cancer

Possible problems depend on the type of surgery you have. They can include infection, finding it difficult to get an erection or problems passing urine.

Last reviewed: 
11 Jan 2021
Next review due: 
11 Jan 2024
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