A unique service in UK delivering Plastibell circumcision: review of 9-year results

Pediatr Surg Int. 2007 Jan;23(1):45-8. doi: 10.1007/s00383-006-1805-6. Epub 2006 Oct 6.


Muslim infants undergo circumcision for religious reasons and Bradford has a high Muslim population. The National Health Service in UK does not provide religious circumcision, so in 1996 a nurse-delivered circumcision service led by consultant urologists was set up at a no-profit and cost-only basis. Plastibell circumcision was offered to all infants between 6 and 14 weeks old and performed under local anaesthesia. Information leaflets and videotapes about the procedure were available to parents prior to the procedure. A three monthly audit of the service was undertaken. Between July 1996 and June 2005 (9 years) 1,129 circumcisions were performed. The common complications were problems with the ring (3.6%) and bleeding (3%). Overall, there was 96% satisfaction rate among the service users. The Plastibell technique for circumcision is a simple method and can be safely performed by trained nurses with acceptable complication rates.

MeSH terms

  • Circumcision, Male / instrumentation*
  • Circumcision, Male / nursing*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom