The Circumstraint is a device used to hold an infant motionless and in position for his circumcision. It has Velcro straps to restrain the baby’s arms and legs so that he cannot move during the procedure and provides a raised center platform between the legs on which the doctor can rest the circumcision clamp. Usually a sterile drape, with a hole through which the penis can pass, is placed over the strapped infant to perform the procedure.

Circumstraint, empty (16,472 bytes) (35,020 bytes)

The original Circumstraint design appears to be attributable to Raymond C. Creelman of Bremerton WA, as documented in US Patent RE24377 dating from the 1950s. Velcro did exist in those days, having been developed by the Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral in the years 1941-48, but Creelman’s patent application envisaged a more traditional form of cuff restraint, as illustrated here:

Creelman's Patent - Fig.1 (21,786 bytes)


The following resources were used in the preparation of this web page:
USA flag (316 bytes) Free Patents Online logo (1687 bytes) US Patent RE24377
US Patent Application 2004/0195880

Copyright © 1992 - ,  All Rights Reserved CIRCLIST.