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Adult bipolar diathermy circumcision and related procedures in adults – a safe and efficient technique

Authors Nalavenkata S, Winter M, Kour R, Kour N, Ruljancich P

Received 2 December 2013

Accepted for publication 15 January 2014

Published 12 June 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 59—62


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Sunny Nalavenkata, Matthew Winter, Rachel Kour, Nam-Wee Kour, Paul Ruljancich

Department of Urology, Eastern Health, Box Hill Hospital, Box Hill, VIC, Australia

Objectives: To present our novel technique and step-by-step approach to bipolar diathermy circumcision and related procedures in adult males.
Methods: We reviewed our technique of bipolar circumcision and related procedures in 54 cases over a 22-month period at our day procedure center. Bipolar diathermy cutting and hemostasis was performed using bipolar forceps with a Valleylab machine set at 15. Sleeve circumcision was used. A dorsal slit was made, followed by frenulum release and ventral slit, and was completed with bilateral circumferential cutting. Frenuloplasties released the frenulum. Preputioplasties used multiple 2–3 mm longitudinal cuts to release the constriction, with frenulum left intact. All wounds were closed with interrupted 4/0 Vicryl Rapide™.
Results: A total of 54 nonemergency bipolar circumcision procedures were carried out from November 2010–August 2012 (42 circumcisions, eight frenuloplasties, and four preputioplasties). Patients were aged 18–72 years (mean, 34 years). There was minimal to no intraoperative bleeding in all cases, allowing for precise dissection. All patients were requested to attend outpatient reviews; three frenuloplasty and two circumcision patients failed to return. Of the remaining 49, mean interval to review was 49 days, with a range of 9–121 days. Two circumcision patients reported mild bleeding with nocturnal erections within a week postoperatively, but they did not require medical attention. Two others presented to family practitioners with possible wound infections which resolved with oral antibiotics. All 49 patients had well-healed wounds.
Conclusion: The bipolar diathermy technique is a simple procedure, easily taught, and reproducible. It is associated with minimal bleeding, is safe and efficient, uses routine operating equipment and is universally applicable to circumcision/frenuloplasty/preputioplasty. In addition, it has minimal postoperative complications, and has associated excellent cosmesis.

Keywords: circumcision, frenuloplasty, preputioplasty, bipolar, diathermy

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