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Do I need surgery for lichen sclerosus?

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As a treatment for lichen sclerosus, surgery to remove patches on the genital area of women isn’t used much, since the patches return. If a woman has severe vaginal scarring that causes problems with sex, surgery can help. But it’s only an option once the condition is under control.

Surgery to treat lichen sclerosus in men can be a good option. Doctors often do a circumcision, which is removing the foreskin of the penis. After that, the condition probably won’t come back.

From: What is Lichen Sclerosus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus, An Update.”

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “What is Lichen Sclerosus?”

GARD: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, National Institutes of Health, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Cancer Society, “What are the risk factors for vulvar cancer?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus, An Update.”

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “What is Lichen Sclerosus?”

GARD: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, National Institutes of Health, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Cancer Society, “What are the risk factors for vulvar cancer?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 05, 2018

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