Shang Ring Adult Circumcision

We are proud to introduce Shang Ring Circumcision into Canada and pleased with it’s reception by our patients
— Dr. Jack Chang MD, Pollock Clinics

There are a number of reasons why men may choose an adult circumcision procedure. Some require circumcision as a cure for conditions like phimosis (an overly tight foreskin) while others choose circumcision for cosmetic and personal reasons.

With the recent introduction of Shang Ring circumcision into Canada, men now have two adult circumcision methods available to them at Pollock Clinics.

What is Shang Ring Circumcision?

Shang Ring circumcision is quick, virtually painless and bloodless procedure that provides a suture-free circumcision for men.

This method was developed in China through the backing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Pollock Clinic’s Dr. Jack Chang and Dr. Neil Pollock have traveled to China to train in this technique and they are the first Canadian doctors to offer Shang Ring adult circumcision.

The Shang Ring consists of two concentric medical grade plastic rings: an inner ring with a silicone band and an outer, hinged ring that acts as a ligature. The Shang Ring is removed after one week.

The Shang Ring has been proven safe and effective in clinical trials and has received World Health Organization qualification, as well as certification from Health Canada.

Benefits of the Shang Ring method include:

  • reduced pain
  • minimal bleeding
  • no stitches
  • requires no bandages
  • showering as normal during recovery
  • minimal time off work needed


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A Canadian First

Pollock Clinics has been offering adult circumcision for decades. Our decision to invest in overseas training in the Shang Ring method was the logical extension of our ongoing commitment to our patients.

Dr. Chang and Dr. Pollock trained in China on use of the Shang Ring device and had the pleasure of visiting the SNNDA high tech manufacturing facility to see how the rings are produced and prepared for medical use.

Dr. Chang led the application for Health Canada approval of the Shang Ring method and this approval was granted in December of 2017.

Dr. Chang has been performing Shang Ring adult circumcision at Pollock Clinics in Vancouver since January of 2018.

Options for Adult Circumcision

Shang Ring is one of two types of adult circumcision procedures offered at Pollock Clinics. Both the Shang Ring method and the Pollock Technique™ are offered.

The Pollock method employs local anesthetic and quick surgical technique, with use of a Mogen Clamp and skin glue closure – different from the Shang Ring is several respects.

The doctors at Pollock Clinic choose the adult circumcision method that will best apply for each patient.

History of Shang Ring

The Shang Ring method has been in use in China for many years, with over one million procedures completed by the end of 2016. The method was developed by the SNNDA Medical Treatment Appliance Technology Co., Ltd, a high-tech enterprise which holds interests in collective R&D, manufacturing and sales of male circumcision devices.

The company is also one of the global partners of Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, and has been working on research and promotion of a high-quality device for HIV/AIDS prevention through male circumcision. The interest of the Gates Foundation is to promote simple and cost effective adult male circumcision in Africa (and elsewhere) as a way to slow the spread of HIV.

Shang Ring Today – Around the World

Shang Ring circumcision is now practiced in many countries around the world – on all continents. Although the method was initially developed with an eye to creating a cost-effective circumcision method for resource-constrained environments, it has proven equally applicable in Europe, Canada, and the USA – where it is employed for it’s benefits in the patient experience.

Pollock Clinics is the first and only Canadian facility offering Shang Ring adult male circumcision at this time (June 2018).

About Pollock Clinics :

Pollock Clinics is BC’s largest provider of no scalpel vasectomy, circumcision, and frenulectomy.

At Pollock Clinics, our mission is to uphold the highest international standards of male surgical care while treating patients with compassion, dignity, and respect.

We offer world-class expertise in serving a diverse local community across the province, and from all over Canada. Clients come to Pollock Clinics to access Doctor Pollock and Doctor Chang’s expertise in circumcision and vasectomy.

No doctor’s referral is required for procedures at Pollock Clinics, as our doctors do not work with provincial health insurance programs. Procedures are paid directly by patients.

Pollock Clinics offers rapid access to private care and is the only Canadian clinic now offering Shang Ring circumcision.

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About the Author:

Jack Chang, MD, is a graduate of Yale University and the University of British Columbia Medical School. After completing his postgraduate training in Prince George, BC, he started his career serving rural and remote communities in BC, Yukon, and Nunavut before joining Pollock Clinics in 2014. Dr. Chang is a veteran of multiple No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI) medical missions, providing free vasectomies in developing countries such as Haiti, Kenya, and the Philippines to alleviate poverty through family planning. Dr. Chang also trains international physicians from around the world as part of the NSVI missions. He performs circumcisions using both the Pollock Technique™ and the Shang Ring technique. Dr Chang trained in China with the developers of the Shang Ring method and directed the licensing of the Shang Ring through Health Canada and performed the first case of Shang Ring circumcision in Canada. He continues to lead the introduction of this adult circumcision method in North America. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents.