What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a simple surgical procedure that involves the removal of the foreskin, a sleeve of skin covering the end of the penis.

Circumcision is one of the oldest and most common surgical procedures performed worldwide.

Circumcision has been performed for thousands of years to honour religious traditions and the culture of indigenous people who live in hot environments such as Australia, the Pacific Islands, equatorial countries, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

With advances in surgery in the 19th century, and increased mobility in the 20th century, the procedure was introduced into some previously non-circumcising cultures for both health-related and social reasons.

What are the benefits of circumcision?


Brian J. Morris, Athos Katelaris, Norman J. Blumenthal, Mohamed Hajoona, Adrian C. Sheen, Leslie Schrieber, Eugenie R. Lumbers, Alex D. Wodak, Phillip Katelaris. Evidence-based circumcision policy for Australia. J. Mens. Health 2022, 18(6), 132.

The Plastibell Technique

The Plastibell Technique uses a device called a Plastibell, which fits inside the foreskin, over the head of the penis.

A string is then tied around the outside of the foreskin, so that the foreskin is compressed between the plastibell on the inside and the string on the outside.  The compression between the string and the bell essentially clamps off the blood flow to the end of the foreskin. After a short period of time, generally 3-7 days, the plastibell will separate from the penis and the circumcision will be complete.

Russell Medical have performed over 73,000 circumcisions using this proven method. Today the plastibell technique is used in over 30 countries.

Advantages of the Plastibell

Anaesthetic cream is an effective and safe form of anaesthesia for circumcision using the plastibell technique.

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