Ali’sKlamp and its successor, NeoAlisklamp




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The Basics
The Ali’sKlamp was first marketed in 2007 as a disposable male circumcision device designed for circumcising aesthetically, quickly, without blood loss and without the use of sutures. In 2013 the Turkish manufacturer, ABA Group, announced a series of significant design changes in consequence of which the product was re-launched under the brand name NeoAlisklamp.

In both versions the clamp is delivered in two parts, a transparent polycarbonate tube and a white plastic clamping mechanism. It achieves circumcision by means of crushing the foreskin between the two components. Excess tissue is removed using a scalpel, but that cut does not define the eventual scar line; the scalpel cut merely disposes of what would otherwise become a mass of necrotic tissue. The final scar line forms beneath the clamping ring. This process, which in essence involves the forcing of scar formation beneath a crushing ring, was first used for the purposes of circumcision by the Tara KLamp (another clamp-and-wear device which pre-dates the Ali’sKlamp by about 12 years).

The original Ali’sKlamp looked very similar to the original SmartKlamp but differed in one important respect: The clamping ring was angled with respect to the longitudinal axis of the device. That design feature, retained in the NeoAlisklamp, naturally aligns the circumcision scar with the rim of the glans (the corona). In the interests of historical accuracy it should be noted that the Dutch company originally producing the SmartKlamp in the late 1990s, Circumvent BV, did experiment with angled clamping rings in their prototype adult sizes, but ceased trading before these came to the market.



Photo-comparison of the Ali’sKlamp and the NeoAlisklamp (Manufacturer’s Photographs)

Original Ali’sKlamp
NeoAlisklamp
Ali’sKlamp and NeoAlisklamp

The original (2007) Ali’sKlamp

The 2013 NeoAlisklamp

The two versions side-by-side



Improvements to be found in the new design

ABA Group claim the following improvements:

  Lighter in weight by ⅓.
  Sizes over 20mm diameter smaller by ⅓.
  Tighter grip at the clamping ring, with consequent reduction in wear time.
  Automated detachment, rendering a second visit to the clinic unnecessary. Consequent major savings in clinic time and patient’s travelling costs.
  Lower infection risk through use of antibacterial plastics.
  V-Scar produced by new shape of clamping ring.
  Improved locking mechanism, guarding against both premature removal by a meddlesome patient and unscrupulous re-use of a discarded clamp.
  Fitting procedure optionally allows pre-assembly into a single unit before application to the penis, with consequent time saving.
  Automated setting of the quantity of retained inner foreskin shortens the procedure and eliminates the risk of an uneven scar line.
  Improved alignment of urinary meatus.
  Less residual necrotic tissue (now typically 1.5mm)



Availability
Supply is restricted to members of the medical profession who have been trained in its use. Training is normally available in Turkey and the UK, elsewhere by arrangement. The clamp is produced in sizes suitable from infants (10mm) to adult (34mm).



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The remainder of this page relates to the original Ali’sKlamp design.
Content will be updated as more information about the new version becomes available.



Reported use

Turkish flag       UK flag       German flag       Netherlands flag       French flag       Swiss flag       Malaysian flag

Indonesian flag       Singapore flag       Iranian flag       Iraqi flag       Pakistani flag       Azerbaijan flag

Turkmenistan flag       United Arab Emirates flag       Egyptian flag       New Zealand flag       Saudi flag       Kenya flag


Correspondence received from the manufacturer in January 2012 indicates that the clamp is being marketed in Turkey, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, in adult sizes only, it has been trialled in Kenya as part of the campaign of mass circumcision aimed at limiting the spread of HIV.


Results obtained
The following images have been supplied to Circlist by the manufacturer and are reproduced here with their permission, but remain copyright of the manufacturer’s parent company, ABA Group.



Appearance of scar line in a child patient


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Two photographs of the same boy, age 8 years 4 months at circumcision, 25 days after the Ali’sKlamp
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Motivation for circumcision:  Religious obligation.







Tight styles of circumcision in child patients


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Left:  A boy age 9 years 2 months at circumcision, 15 days after the Ali’sKlamp was applied.
Right:  A boy age 5 years 6 months at circumcision, 17 days after the Ali’sKlamp was applied.
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For reasons associated with Turkish cultural norms, no ‘before’ photographs exist of these patients.

Motivation for circumcision:  Religious obligation.







Trial results - The Ali’sKlamp in adult sizes


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Patients in the 18-49 age group, shown here 2 and 44 days after the clamp was applied.
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Motivation for circumcision:  Public health campaign / HIV prophylaxis.






Field Trial reports
The Ali’s Clamp has been the subject of a number of large-scale, published trials. Here is the Abstract of the report that appeared in Pediatr Surg Int. 2010 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print]:
Minimally invasive circumcision with a novel plastic clamp technique: a review of 7,500 cases. Senel FM, Demirelli M, Oztek S.

Dr. Sami Ulus Children’s Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

PURPOSE: We aimed to analyze the outcome of circumcisions performed with a new minimally invasive circumcision device. METHODS: This is the first study, which reports the results of 7,500 children circumcised with minimally invasive technique utilizing a plastic clamp device (Ali’s Clamp ®) in our country. The results of this technique are compared to those of 5,700 children who underwent conventional circumcision.

RESULTS: The most common complication encountered after minimally invasive circumcision technique was found to be buried penis (1.04%). The second complication observed was infection (0.6%), which was significantly lower than the conventional group (p < 0.001). The third complication in plastic clamp group was bleeding with a rate of 0.4%. Bleeding was found to be the most common complication seen after conventional circumcision (5%) and was significantly higher than that of the plastic clamp group (p < 0.001). Total number of complications seen after plastic clamp technique was 2% when compared with 10.4% complication rate occurred after conventional circumcision (p < 0.001). The mean duration of circumcision time with plastic clamp technique was 4.5 ± 1.5 minutes whereas with conventional circumcision it was 23 ± 4 minutes (p < 0.0001).

CONCLUSION: Minimally invasive circumcision technique utilizing plastic clamp significantly reduced the complication rates. The cosmetic appearance after circumcisions performed with this technique was observed to be better than the conventional circumcisions. Due to reduced complications, as well as short duration and ease of application, the minimally invasive technique is suggested as the circumcision procedure of choice.

PMID: 20532526 [PubMed].

CIRCLIST Editor’s note:

This article appears to mis-use the term Buried Penis. In the full article, the authors define it as "healing of wound edges above the glans penis... causing a constrictive ring at this level resulting in phimosis", a matter unrelated to any issue involving a short suspensory ligament within the abdomen. A better term for the problem they seek to describe might be "Induced phimosis resulting from scar line constraint" - after initial definition shortened to just "scar line constraint".

Further trial reports appear in:

Urology 78(1), 2011 pp174-179

The Journal of Urology, Vol.186 1923-1927 Nov 2011. Click this link for the PubMed abstract, or click here for access to the full text.

Urology Journal Vol.9 No.3. Summer 2012. pp.701-706 Adult Male Circumcision Performed with Plastic Clamp Technique in Turkey - Results and Long-Term Effects on Sexual Function. Senel FM, Demirelli M, Misirlioglu F, Sezgin T. This illustrated study reports a long-term follow-up of men circumcised as adults with the Ali'sKlamp, concentrating on issues of pre- and post-circumcision sexual functions. Such longer-term follow-ups are rare and often under-reported; you can read the full text here.

J Pediatr Urol. 2012 Sep 6. Comparison of local anesthetic effects of lidocaine versus tramadol and effect of child anxiety on pain level in circumcision procedure. Polat F, Tuncel A, Balci M, Aslan Y, Sacan O, Kisa C, Kayali M, Atan A. Gazi University School of Medicine, Department of Urology, Ankara, Turkey. The PubMed link to this study is:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22959557.



Want to know more?

Click here to download a 16-page brochure produced by the manufacturer (.pdf format, English language text), last updated March 2012.

Further information in four languages (Turkish, English, German and Arabic) is available on the manufacturer’s website http://www.alisklamp.com/.

Video demonstrations are available via YouTube:
* Adult Circumcision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXO0Zev-ugU
* Child Circumcision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFqBoTQTrz0




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