This cohort study will evaluate the early postoperative complications in Circumplast and Plastibell techniques, in a community clinic- Thornhill Circumcision Centre, for non-therapeutic male circumcision.
We reviewed the outcome of non-therapeutic male circumcision in children (n=1387) over a 1 year period (May 2014 to April 2015) in a community clinic - Thornhill clinic , performed under local anaesthesia, by trained doctors with the backup of a trained paediatric surgeon (figure 1-4). The technique was selected by doctors’ preference. Data was collected prospectively and early postoperative complications were compared between Circumplast and Plastibell circumcisions. Follow-up consultations were arranged if required.
The mean age was 18 ± 1.9 months (median 5.1) in Circumplast circumcision (CC) and 9.4 ± 0.6 months (median 1.5) in Plastibell circumcision (PC). Incidence of complications is significantly lower in CC (6.3% n=13/208) versus PC (13% n=154/1179) (p<0.05) (complications graph). Postoperative use of antibiotics was higher in CC versus PC (6.7% vs 3.8% n=14 vs 45) but not statistically significant (P>0.05). Mean follow-up consultations were 19 days (range 1 to 373) in CC and 20 days (range 1 to 305) in PC.
Non-therapeutic male circumcision by the Circumplast device has a significantly lower risk of early postoperative complications in a community clinic, especially migration/impaction of the ring when compared to the standard Plastibell device.