The method of male circumcisions is variable depending upon the age group and also the individual patient. The two methods are practiced in mainstream surgical practise are either the Plastibell ring method or the traditional sleeve resection using stitches that are dissolvable.
Babies under 12 months fall into this category. The method typically employed for the circumcision procedure would be the Plastibell ring method. No follow-up visits are required.
Infant toddlers - Young Children:
Babies and Children aged between 1 - 8 years old fall into this category. The method typically employed for the circumcision procedure would be the Plastibell procedure. However, in certain individuals the Plastibell procedure may not be suitable, either because they are overweight or they have penis sizes that will not accommodate the Plastibell ring. These children will have the traditional sleeve resection and the wound will be closed with dissolvable stitches. Children that have the Plastibell method in this age group may require a follow-up visit to ensure that everything is progressing as expected.
Children 9 Years – 11 Years:
Young Male's over the age of 9 years old fall into this category. The method typically employed is the Plastibell procedure for the circumcision. Some children in this age group may not be suitable for this method, in which case the traditional sleeve resection will be used and the wound will be closed with dissolvable stitches.
Adolescent Males (12 Years – 15 Years):
This age group is treated the same as Adults. The techniques that are available for Adult circumcision can be employed to this group.
Adults over the age of 16 will have the traditional sleeve resection. Dissolvable stitches are used. Dressings will be applied where indicated, supplies will be given to change these.
Alternative methods for Adults: Shangring or Biological Glue techniques are also available.
For further information regarding the Adult Circumcision Procedure click here.