Meatal stenosis following three types of circumcision with frenular artery preservation (FAP), the Plastibell device (PD), and frenular artery ligation (FAL): a long-term follow-up

Zahra Shokri Varniab, Ashkan Pourabhari Langroudi, Afarin Neishabouri, Parham Torabinavid, Mona Arbab, Firouzeh Heidari, Seyed Mohammad Milani, Sahar Eftekharzadeh, Shabnam Sabetkish, Abdol Mohammad Kajbafzadeh

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Abstract

Background: Despite the simplicity of male circumcision, complications occur frequently. Post-circumcision meatal stenosis is a concerning complication that might require several interventions. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the incidence of meatal stenosis in long-term follow-up, following three common circumcision methods: frenular artery preservation, frenular ligation, and the Plastibell device. Methods: This study is the continuation of the previous randomized clinical trial, the preliminary abstract of which has been accepted in the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in 2011. However, in this paper, we only included the patients with results of long-term follow-up. Patients were followed for a median of 11 years (range, 7–17). Follow-ups were recorded by evaluation of meatus and signs and symptoms of meatal stenosis. Results: Two hundred six boys (80 neonates and 126 non-neonates) at the time of procedure were included in this study. The circumcision was conducted on 23.3% (48/206) of boys with the Plastibell device (PD) and 39.3% (81/206) of cases with frenular artery preservation (FAP) and 37.4% (77/206) of cases with frenular artery ligation (FAL). Meatal stenosis presented in 13 children during follow-up. Considering the three methods of circumcision, a significant difference in the incidence of meatal stenosis among the types of circumcisions was observed (6.3% in PD and 1.2% in FAP, 11.7% in FAL, P = 0.026). Conclusion: The present study revealed that the technique preserving the frenular artery is associated with a significantly lower incidence of meatal stenosis. Hence, the FAP is the recommended technique for circumcision as compared to two other methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIrish Journal of Medical Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Circumcision
  • Frenular artery preservation
  • Meatal stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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