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What about glue for circumcisions

Dr. Reed,

Read your comments about the new Chinese stapling device.  How about just applying a glue like Dermabond and avoiding stitches and staples altogether?


Dear Henry, I do not favor glue because the healing capacity of penile skin is not so much in the skin, it is in the connective tissue layer just under the skin. Skin against skin does not heal well, otherwise your toes would stick together.  A raw surface against a raw surface will heal.  When we do a circumcision we  use a 2 layered closure to be sure the underlying connective tissue is also approximated.  Otherwise immediately under the circumcision line there will be a small scar and your skin may be “frozen” in that area, whereas in the rest of the shaft, there is normal mobility.


Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Ambulatory Urological Surgery – Miami

Urethral Stricture Following Circumcision

Dear Dr. Reed, I have some difficulty urinating after circumcision.  Is this to be expected?  Do I have a stricture? Marvin Dear Marvin, If you could successfully urinate before circumcision, dollars to donuts you’ll void perfectly after the dressing comes off and the swelling subsides.  If the dressing is too tight, the head of the…Continue Reading

Wants Simultaneous Circumcision Revision and Penile Enlargement(Length)

Dr. Reed,  Can you do a simultaneous circumcision revision and lengthening? Was circumcised 10 years ago, now the foreskin has regrown, photos sent. Mike Dear Mike, Reviewed your photos and with the knowledge you are 5′ 8″ and weigh 235 pounds, your problem is simply being overweight.  Unfortunaely the blousing of your pubic skin will remain…Continue Reading