Deeper Into Circumcision: An Invitation to Awareness

Circumcision Instruments / Technique

"[I]t [circumcising babies] is really a touching,
moving, spine-tingling thing that I participate in as
a service to the community."
Ilene Gelbaum, CNM
American College of Nurse-Midwifery Conference,
Atlanta, May 13, 1990

"I always use the PlastiBell because it makes their penis look real nice."
Midwife, Ocean Springs, Mississippi (about 1990)

Circumcision: A Pictorial Atlas of Its History, Instrument Development and Operative Techniques, by Elliot Grossman, MD (Todd & Honeywell, Inc., 1982). Many photographs and drawings. [Availability uncertain.]

Circumcision: Refining a Traditional Surgical Technique, by Ilene Gelbaum, CNM. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Supplement), March/April 1993, pp. 18S-30S. 16 drawings. 69 references. "Address correspondence to Ilene Gelbaum, CNM, 1188 N. Euclid Street, Ste. 401, Anaheim, CA 92801." American College of Nurse-Midwives, 1522 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-289- 0171. Fax: 202-289-4395.

Circumstraint. "New improved model ... In less than 30 seconds, you can immobilize the struggling infant securely ... Soft, wide Velcro straps encircle the infant's elbows and knees ... He's held safely and securely, without danger of escape." $147.50 fob Seattle. Olympic Medical, 5900 First Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108. "Information or Ordering Call Toll-Free 1-800-426-0353." Fax: 206-762-4200.

\ GOMCO Circumcision Clamp Operating Instructions. 24-page 2x4" booklet with 13 drawings. Free. Allied Healthcare Products, Inc., GOMCO Division, 1720 Sublette, St. Louis, MO 63110 (314-771-2400) (1-800-444-3954). [GOMCO in an acronym for Goldstein Medical Company.]

K.BwTM Circ. Sheet. "Using this system the infant struggles less due to being restrained in a more natural position. Use topical and injectable anesthetics to further decrease discomfort. Call or fax your request: 1-800-755-KBOW (5269) 9am to 5pm EST Mon-Fri." Instruction/ordering sheet has 15 smiley faces across the bottom. K. BowMed, POB 216, N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Mogen Circumcision Instruments, designed by Harry Bronstein, D.D. Pamphlet. "THE LEAST PAINFUL METHOD OF CIRCUMCISION!" Brochure shows drawings of the adult and infant size Mogen circumcision instruments, Mogen probe, Mogen probe- pointed scissors, and six drawings with instructions. "Circumcision, at one time a religious ritual among a few faiths, is today a routine universal practice, since leading physicians consider it a necessary prophylactic measure ... The Mogen Circumcision Instrument, made of stainless steel, has been clinically tested on thousands of babies ... The physician can now perform the entire operation safely, swiftly, and simply. Clinical tests have proven that the entire procedure can be performed in approximately one minute even without previous experience." Nine references (1929 to 1971). No date. Mogen Circumcision Instruments Ltd., 437 Crown St., Brooklyn, NY 11225 (718-604-8833 or 718-756- 2503).

Patents granted for circumcision instrument by the U.S. Patent Office from 1928 to 1974. 19 patents, all with drawings (most full-page). Includes "Apparatus for electrosurgical circumcision." ("A method and apparatus employing a high-frequency electric current having a bell as one electrode inserted within the foreskin and having a relatively fine stainless steel wire tightly encircling the foreskin at the position where the foreskin is to be cut. The wire serves as the other electrode and overlies an opposed area of the bell within the foreskin.") [See graphic at to top of this pge.] 45 pages. $12. >John A. Erickson

PlastiBell circumcision device and Circumcision Tray product data sheet (illustrated) and Now that your baby has been circumcised ... (leaflet with two life-size color photographs, one showing a baby's circumcised penis before the PlastiBell's rim has dropped off, the other showing a "clean, well healed line of excision" after). Free. Hollister Inc., 2000 Hollister Dr., Libertyville, IL 60048 (1-800-942-1141). Distributed in Canada by Hollister Ltd., 95 Mary St., Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G3 (1-800- 263-7400).

Sheldon Circumcision Clamp. $90. Includes How to Use a Sheldon Circumcision Clamp (8x11" sheet of 7 black and white photographs and basic instructions). "WHEN NOT IN USE LEAVE JAWS OF CLAMP OPEN". Free for SASE. Bayshore Mfg., Inc., 4740 Karlite Dr., Port Clinton, OH 43452 (419- 797-2130). [A Jan. 1997 inquiry was returned with the note: "We no longer manufacture this unit. Possibly available at J. Hugh Knight Instrument Co, 225 Villere St., New Orleans, LA 70112."]

The Surgery Book, by Robert M. Youngson, MD. Pp. 368-371.

\ Tara Klamp. "Home circumcision KUALA LUMPUR (Reuter) A Malaysian has invented a disposable circumcision device resembling a corkscrew that is generating interest from foreign companies eager to market it abroad, the national Bernama news agency reported yesterday. / The Tara Klamp, invented by Gurcharan Singh, would retail at $40 overseas. The device has garnered interest from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, the news agency said. / Approved by Malaysia's religious authorities, the device comes in various sizes to fit different ages and can do a circumcision in minutes, Bernama said." (Winnipeg Free Press, 4/18/96)