Hypospadias Repair

  • Call Your Child’s Doctor

    After arriving home, contact the doctor if your child has any of the following:

    • Pain that is not controlled with medication given
    • Redness, increased swelling, or tenderness in the penis
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Inability to eat or drink
    • Difficulty urinating or cannot urinate
    • Catheter or stitches fall out

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    This surgery is used to treat a condition called
    . This is a birth defect of the penis and urethra. The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body so that urine can exit. With hypospadias, the opening of the urethra develops on the underside of the penis. The goal of surgery is to put the opening of the urethra at the tip of the penis. After surgery, the penis should function normally.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The surgery is done to treat male children born with hypospadias. The condition can make it difficult for the child to urinate while standing. It can also affect sexual function later in life.

    The surgery is typically done at age 3-18 months old. It can also be done in older children and adults. In infants with hypospadias,
    should not be done. Tissue from the foreskin may be used if surgery is done to correct the hypospadias.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If your child is having a hypospadias repair, the doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • A new opening on the underside of the penis called a fistula, causing urine leakage
    • Scarring/narrowing of the urethra that makes it difficult to urinate
    • Need for more surgery
    • Bleeding
    • Reaction to the anesthesia
    • Infection—wound infection or urinary tract infection

    • Psychological

    Discuss these risks with the doctor before the surgery.