How Circumcision Procedures have Evolved
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These days, the medical world is full of technological innovations. In fact, it isn’t a surprise anymore to see AI assisting doctors with their surgeries or finding 3D-printed tools within the operating room.
And circumcision techniques also benefit from the progress of MedTech.
Just imagine, less than 200 years ago, a dentist, William T.G. Morton introduced modern anesthesia to the world. These days performing surgery without anesthesia would be considered barbaric and even a form of torture.
Advancements in technology have benefited surgeons to an unprecedented degree. So, let’s examine how today’s circumcisions leverage new technology.
How Circumcision Evolved Over the Years
Originally, circumcision was a purely religious procedure. Priests would perform the act without any medical training whatsoever. Plus, the surgery was a public spectacle attended by family members and done in an unsterilized environment using a stone blade.
Nowadays, doctors perform circumcisions in a sterilized environment to ensure patient care. But that’s just the overview of the surgery. Here’s how medical techniques improved the delicate procedure:
1. Sutureless Circumcision
Traditionally, doctors used sutures to close surgical wounds. While effective, they can present issues to patients, mainly discomfort. So now, modern medicine offers alternatives to stitches in the form of glue.
2-Octylcyanoacrylate tissue adhesive or 2-OCA is the suture alternative used in circumcisions. It’s a tissue adhesive for treating minor wounds or surgical incisions, making it ideal for circumcisions.
When compared to traditional sutures, the use of 2-OCA provides patients with the following:
Enhanced post-operative care
Reduced postoperative pain
Better cosmetic benefits
Moreover, both adult circumcisions and infant circumcisions can benefit from tissue glue.
2. Clamp-style Circumcision
Clamps are commonly used in circumcision today. It’s a less invasive technique where a clamp is placed between the foreskin and the shaft via small incisions, and removed once the procedure is completed.
It wasn’t always the case, however, as clamps were only introduced in 1955 by Dr. Harry Bronstein. Prior to the advent of the first clamp (called the Mogen clamp), doctors were using the Jewish shield. Such a shield has a narrow gap to protect the glans while the surgeon pulls and excises the foreskin.
Nowadays, clamps are the more popular choice.
For example, plastic bell circumcision is the preferred method for newborn circumcisions, where the technique involves a clamp. The surgeon will perform a dorsal slit on the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position of the foreskin, then attach the plastic bell clamp. After 5 seconds, the doctor removes the clamp, and the foreskin will detach from the penis.
Unfortunately, plastic bell circumcision isn’t for adults. Instead, doctors will opt for the Shang Ring method.
Shang Ring circumcision works similarly to other clamp-type surgeries. First, a doctor performs 4 cuts on the foreskin and attaches the Shang Ring clamp to the patient. After a week, the patient must return to get the clamp removed to complete the surgery. The additional visit to the surgeon’s table may be an added hassle, but clamps have certainly gone a long way since six decades ago.
3. Laser Circumcision
Last but not least, there’s the creme de la creme of circumcision techniques: laser surgery. Laser circumcisions replace classic surgeon tools like scalpels and sutures with a C02 laser.
To start the procedure, the doctor will expose the foreskin. Afterward, the surgeon uses the laser to cut the excess foreskin. Then, instead of sutures, doctors use the same laser in a low-power mode to burn and cauterize the wound.
Thanks to the improved tools, patients experience a vastly improved recovery process. For instance, post-operative pain is significantly lower for patients undergoing laser circumcision. On top of that, scarring is almost non-existent when undergoing laser circumcisions.
But that's not the only benefit. In fact, both doctors and patients benefit from laser circumcision thanks to the time it saves. Laser circumcision significantly reduces operation time when compared to traditional circumcisions.
Despite being an essential procedure for improved health and having gone through several advances in the medical field, circumcision remains to be pricey. In fact, the average hospital charges between $3,000 to $4,000. Thankfully, there are more affordable alternatives.
For instance, at the Center for Circumcision, we offer an all-in-one package where you’ll get advanced circumcision procedures without breaking the bank. For just $2,000, the following are already included:
Consultations: Get our specialist’s opinion on the best treatment options. You’ll get all the information you need to decide on which circumcision method to undergo.
Anesthesia: We ensure our patients get the best care by providing near-painless procedures. For an additional $400, you can also request N2O or laughing gas to lessen anxiety.
Facility Fees: Unlike traditional hospital care, you won’t get blindsided by additional costs. We’ll give you a clear and transparent breakdown of all the costs beforehand.
In other words, our team at the Center for Circumcision provides the latest circumcision technology at a fraction of the cost. We never skimp on quality and professionalism.
The Most Advanced Circumcisions at the Center for Circumcisions
Adult circumcisions come with numerous benefits. From providing enhanced hygiene to reducing the risk of contracting HIV, ensuring patients live the most healthy lifestyle possible.
And thanks to advancements in MedTech, there are far fewer risks involved with the process. In fact, thanks to laser circumcision, both pain and cosmetic damage are at minimum levels. So if you’re considering going under the knife and getting circumcised, now’s the perfect opportunity.
We ensure that patients have the safest and most advanced circumcisions. Contact us today.