Hypospadias is a problem with the opening of the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body.
In boys, the opening of the urethra is usually at the end of the penis. But sometimes the urethra does not reach the end of the penis. In this case, the opening is on the underside of the penis.
Surgery can make a new opening at the end of the penis. The way the doctor does this depends on how serious the problem is. In some cases, the doctor can take tissue from inside the mouth to make the urethra longer. In other cases, the doctor needs to do more than one surgery to fix the problem. Your doctor will talk to you more about this.
After surgery, your child may have a short, plastic tube in his urethra. The tube is called a stent. It keeps the urethra open. Or your child may have another kind of tube called a catheter. It drains urine from the bladder. These will be removed in about 10 to 14 days.
Your child may be able to go home the same day. Or he may need to stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: March 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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