Plastibell (Ring) Method


The steps involved are as follows


  • The area is cleaned.
  • A local anesthetic injection is given at the base of the penis.
  • Time is given for the local anaesthetic to work.
  • Surgical clips are then applied to the foreskin.
  • Any adhesions are removed affecting the foreskin.
  • The foreskin is then gently peeled backwards.
  • Sometimes a cut is made to the foreskin to enable the foreskin to be peeled back safely.
  • The Plastibell device is then positioned.
  • The foreskin is replaced over the Plastibell device.
  • A tourniquet (string) is now tightened which crushes the extra foreskin onto the Plastibell device which is sitting and protecting the glans (head) of the penis.
  • A small amount of extra skin is removed and the Plastibell device is now left in place.
  • Within 5-8 days the Plastibell device falls off leaving a clean circumcision scar
  • A small amount or residual swelling occurs which settles over the next 3-5 days.


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