Amazon pulls circumcision training kits from sale

Don't try this at home.
Don't try this at home. Photo: Shutterstock

Circumcision "training kits" have been withdrawn from retailing giant Amazon's site, after concerns they posed a safety risk to infants.

When purchased online, for just under $A800 on its UK site, customers received everything they needed to carry out a circumcision – a practice dummy with prosthetic foreskin replacements, scalpels, surgical scissors and instructions.

According to the manufacturers, the trainers are "made with soft, lifelike material, which is pliable, delicate and realistic to touch" and provides the ability to practice the procedure "without the worry of learning on a live patient".

Concern over Nasco's Life/form kit lead to Amazon removing it from its UK site, however, some cheaper versions still remain.

The decision to remove the kit was sparked by medical and secular groups in the UK complaining about its potential dangers by encouraging unqualified practitioners to attempt the sensitive procedure.

The National Secular Society wrote to Amazon asking for them to permanently stop selling the products.

"Male circumcision in the UK is wholly unregulated and we fear that the sale of this product may encourage unqualified practitioners to carry out unnecessary surgery on infants in non-clinical conditions, resulting in serious harm," it said in the letter.

In 2012, UK nurse Grace Adeleye was convicted of manslaughter after a four-week-old boy died following a botched circumcision, using only a pair of scissors.

Amazon customers have left a series of sarcastic reviews alongside kits that are still being sold on the retailer's site – most poking fun at the absurdity of the products.

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"The only drawback is that it doesn't scream, but you could easily remedy that by hooking it up to an MP3 player that plays circumcised baby screams while you "practice"," said one reviewer.

"Forget OPERATION, this game represents the next evolution in surgical family fun!" said another.

The kits are not sold on the Australian site.

According to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the rate of circumcisions in Australia has fallen. It's estimated that about 32 per cent of men under the age of 30 are circumcised.