2010 Design of Medical Devices Conference Abstracts

Adult Male Circumcision Tool for Use in Traditional Ceremonies PUBLIC ACCESS

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Thomas F. Van Wingen, Kyle A. Lemmermen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Craig Spencer, Phil Scott, Kathleen H. Sienko

University of Michigan

J. Med. Devices 4(2), 027505 (Aug 09, 2010) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.3439665 History: Published August 09, 2010; Online August 09, 2010


Public health officials are currently supporting adult male circumcision as a public health policy to minimize the transmission of HIV during intercourse. Estimates indicate that more than 3 million lives could be saved in sub-Saharan Africa alone if the procedure becomes widely used. Complications including infection and accidental cutting/amputation of the glans during traditional circumcision ceremonies can lead to permanent injury or death. A low cost, adjustable (one-size-fits-most), culturally appropriate adult male circumcision tool was designed for use in traditional circumcision ceremonies. A surgical procedure for using the device has also been defined, which can be performed in either a clinical or nonclinical setting.

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