Male circumcision performed with 8-figure non-absorbable suture technique
Introduction: We analyze the outcome of circumcisions performed with 8-figure non-absorbable suture (8FNS) and assess the feasibility of using the technique in male circumcision.
Methods: We randomly divided 317 patients who would undergo circumcision between February 2009 and January 2012 into 2 groups. Each group was subdivided into children (age range: 7 to 15 years) and adult (range: 16 to 85 years). In the experiment group (n =166), we used 8FNS and in the control group (n = 151), commonly absorbable sutures (CAS) were used for the circumcised wound closure. The results of 2 groups were compared. We also performed a cost analysis and a mean 6-month follow-up (range:1-12). Chi-square and Student’s t-test were used in statistical analysis. Differences were considered significant (p ＜ 0.05).
Results: No patients were required to remove their sutures postoperatively.Among them, the sutures of the 8FNS for circumcision felloff spontaneously within 9 days (6.2 ± 1.57). There was no statisticallysignificant difference between the 2 groups in surgical duration (16.2 ± 1.73 vs. 15.8 ± 2.01) and follow-up time (6.4 ± 3.82 vs. 6.2 ± 2.39). The overall complication rate of the 2 groups was 6.63% and 10.53% (p = 0.15), respectively. In addition, the complication rate among the adults was significantly lower in the 8FNS group compared to children (2.53% vs. 10.34%, p = 0.04). Also, the average cost (in US dollars) of 8FNS for circumcision was $20.7 ± $3.83 less than $35.8 ± $5.02 of CAS, which is a very significant difference (p < 0.0001).
Conclusions: 8FNS for circumcision is feasible, easy, safe and cost-effective, especially for adult males.
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