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Pediatric sutureless circumcision: an effective and cost efficient alternative
Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, USA
Oct  2015 (Vol.  22, Issue  5, Pages( 7995 - 7999)
PMID: 26432971


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    Circumcision is the most commonly performed surgical procedures in male children. Maine is one of 18 states in the United States which does not pay for neonatal circumcisions. The aim of this study was to perform outcomes and cost analysis of a sutureless circumcision technique versus circumcision using sutures. Specifically, we evaluated Dermaflex (2-octyl cyanoacrylate, 2-OCA) surgical glue circumcision as a cost effective, faster, and safe alternative to traditional suture circumcision.


    Our study was a non-randomized series. We collected the operative details prospectively, abstracted clinical outcomes retrospectively, and performed data analysis retrospectively. One hundred and twenty-six circumcisions were performed by two pediatric urologists over a 1 year period. Suture circumcisions were performed exclusively during the first 6 months, and 2-OCA glue circumcisions were performed during the second 6 months. Billing charges were analyzed to extrapolate variable costs between the two surgical procedures. The technique used to perform the sutureless circumcision was a modification of the standard sleeve technique, with the use of monopolar diathermy instead of scalpel, and application of 2-OCA glue to approximate tissue edges.