Your son has had surgery to repair hypospadias. Hypospadias is when the opening of the tube (urethra) leading from the bladder does not extend to the tip of the penis. Instead, the opening is on the underside of the penis.
To repair this, your doctor created a new opening that allows urine to drain as it should through the penis.
After the procedure your baby's penis may look red and swollen. Your baby may also have pain. Medicines can help with pain. Swelling or bruising should start to go away 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Your baby may have a short, plastic tube (a stent) or a catheter to keep the urethra open. If this is the case, it will need to stay in place for about 10 to 14 days.
Your baby may seem fussy while his penis heals. Your baby may have some pain if the bladder tightens suddenly (spasm) or when your baby urinates after the stent or catheter is removed. This pain usually gets better within 3 or 4 days but may last for up to 2 weeks.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
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 or nurse call line 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.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCSC - Pediatric Urology
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