Trusted Australian circumcision, The Procedure Since 1993

Dr Terry Russell is the team manager of Russell Medical Centre. Dr Russell was the first doctor in Queensland to use the Plastibell device.

The Procedure

The procedure involves the use of the Plastibell, a small ring that fits inside the foreskin, over the tip of the penis. A ligature is fitted on the outside of the foreskin, so that the foreskin is compressed between the ring on the inside and the ligature outside.

Advantages of the Plastibell technique for circumcision:

  • The clamping cuts off the circulation to the foreskin so the bleeding risk is low.
  • Because the circulation is cut off, it is difficult for infection to ascend beyond that point so the infection risk is low.
  • The clamping also cuts off the nerve supply so that it should be quite painless and minimise discomfort afterwards
  • Because the Plastibell is sitting on the head of the penis, it accurately defines the level at which the circumcision occurs and provide a template for straight result.
  • No general anaesthetic needed

No dressings are necessary. You can bathe him normally, and the ring separates of its own accord usually three to seven days later for babies and 7-14 days later for older boys.

Risks of conventional circumcision:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Botched Surgery

The Plastibell is effective in minimising all of these problems.

Risk if uncircumcised:

  • May need to be circumcised at later date
  • Paraphimosis
  • Penile Infection
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Penile Cancer
  • Cervical Cancers in female partners
  • Human Papilloma Virus
  • HIV

Anaesthetic cream is an effective and safe form of anaesthesia for circumcision, but the cream must be applied two hours before the procedure with correct application being essential for a successful result.

Feeding prior to the procedure

Please do not feed your baby tow hours before his circumcision. That way, He’s less likely to wee, poo or vomit during the procedure – Keeping it more sterile and also a feed immediately afterwards will help settle him down rapidly.

Consent form

The consent form needs to be signed by both parents prior to the procedure (or in the case of a single parent the consent for and statutory declaration). If only one parent will be present on the day – please male sure you have the form signed prior or that the absent parent has contacted us to confirm consent to the procedure.

During the procedure

We have firm policy that parents are not present in the treatment room during the procedure, We will get your son back to you as quickly as we can after the procedure but insist that only staff are present for the procedure itself.