Stop selling Plastibells
Routine Infant Circumsicion is not covered by insurance in most places because it is a cosmetic surgery. But now you can buy the product online! So now we can have parents doing the surgery in their homes?! Not only is it unsanitary, they are not trained to do this. Walmart.com should be ashamed!! Please sign and let's get these medical devices off the public market!! No child should have to be strapped down and have their body cut, never mind having it done at home. I realize that this particular product is not meant to be used by the every day person, but when it is sold to the public and no medical licence number is needed, it will be bought by someone who cannot afford the procedure and this could end tragically. Also, Plastibell is not a cut-free method.
'The Plastibell Circumcision Device is a clear plastic ring with handle designed for male neonatal circumcision that has a deep groove running circumferentially. The elective minimally invasive surgical procedure to install the Plastibell device may be performed by an OB/GYN, a pediatrician, a urologist, a family physician or a pediatric surgeon. The important issue is that the medical practitioner is trained in the procedure.
The adhesions between glans and foreskin are divided with a probe. Then the foreskin is cut longitudinally to allow it to be retracted and the glans (the head of penis) to be exposed. The Plastibell comes in 6 sizes. The appropriate one is chosen and applied to the head (the circumcision pictured at right is in this stage). The ring is then covered over by the foreskin. A ligature is tied firmly around the foreskin, crushing the skin against the groove in the Plastibell. Then the excess skin protruding beyond the ring is trimmed off. Finally, the handle is broken off at the end of the procedure. The entire procedure takes five to ten minutes, depending on the experience and skill of the surgeon.' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastibell)
Walmart is not the only one selling them. Amazon.com and Ebay.com are also selling them, without you needing a medical licence number. Even leaving the debate on RIC aside, no one outside the medical field should be able to buy these.
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