Sutureless and scalpel-free circumcision--more rapid, less expensive and better?

J Urol. 2010 Oct;184(4 Suppl):1758-62. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2010.03.081. Epub 2010 Aug 21.


Purpose: We previously reported our success with sutureless circumcision using 2-octyl cyanoacrylate in 267 patients. We have since modified our technique by making incisions with electrocautery. We report our results with this novel technique. We also performed a cost analysis.

Materials and methods: We compiled data on all patients 6 months to 12 years old who underwent primary circumcision and circumcision revision in a 39-month period, as done by 3 surgeons. Study exclusion criteria were complexity beyond phimosis and Gomco clamp use. The technique included 1) a circumferential inner incision using electrocautery on cutting current, 2) a circumferential outer incision using electrocautery, 3) foreskin removal, 4) hemostasis with electrocautery, 5) skin edge approximation with 2-octyl cyanoacrylate or 6-zero suture and 6) antibiotic ointment application. We also determined the cost of all procedures based on anesthesia and operating room facility fees, and material costs.

Results: Between July 1, 2006 and October 1, 2009 we performed 493 primary circumcisions and 248 revisions using 2-octyl cyanoacrylate, and 152 primary circumcisions and 115 revisions using 6-zero sutures. Mean operative time for primary circumcision and revision using 2-octyl cyanoacrylate was 8 minutes (range 6 to 18), and for sutured primary circumcision and revision it was 27 minutes (range 18 to 48). At a mean 18-month followup (range 1 to 39) 3 patients treated with 2-octyl cyanoacrylate and 2 treated with sutures were rehospitalized for bleeding. When done with electrocautery, the cost of the 2-octyl cyanoacrylate technique was $743.55 less than the sutured technique as long as the 2-octyl cyanoacrylate procedures required less than 15 minutes and the sutured procedures required more than 15 minutes.

Conclusions: Combined electrocautery and 2-octyl cyanoacrylate for circumcision is a safe, efficient, financially beneficial, cosmetically appealing alternative to traditional circumcision done with scalpel and sutures.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Circumcision, Male / economics*
  • Circumcision, Male / methods*
  • Circumcision, Male / standards
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Cyanoacrylates*
  • Electrocoagulation*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue Adhesives*


  • Cyanoacrylates
  • Tissue Adhesives
  • octyl 2-cyanoacrylate