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Hypospadias (say "hy-puh-SPAY-dee-us") is a birth defect. It is when the opening of the tube (urethra) that leads from the bladder is not at the tip of the penis. Instead, the opening is on the underside of the penis.
Your child will need surgery. The doctor will make a new opening. This lets urine drain as it should through the penis. Your doctor may wait a few months to do the surgery. The doctor will want to make sure that your child can handle the pain medicine.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 your doctor or nurse advice 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 advice line if your child has any problems.
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Adaptation Date: 10/13/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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