Hypospadias is an abnormal condition of the urethra in boys in which the urethra does not develop completely. Incomplete development of urethra results in an abnormal urinary opening on the underside of the penis. It occurs in boys at the time of their birth.
Hypospadias is self-diagnosed. Usually, it is detected at the time of birth by the neonatologist but in some cases, if it is missed out, parents can assess their son’s penis as the boy grows. In case of any sign related to hypospadias, consult the pediatric urologist or reconstructive urologist with no delay.
When diagnosed with hypospadias, patiently seeks immediate medical attention. Hypospadias is not some ailment that can be ignored or delayed due to some of the other reasons.
A hypospadias specialist doctor will determine the plan of treatment after examining the patient. If he finds no significant abnormality, he may advise the parents to get a regular check-up of their son until his puberty age.
Hypospadias generally requires surgery to correct. Hypospadias does not fix on its own due to its complexities and associated defects.
Generally, it is recommended to undergo Hypospadias repair at a young age but after 15 months. Surgery at a young age has its own advantages such as the kid will not go through psychological sufferings; the success rate is more in kids as compared to the adults.
Those boys who grow with hypospadias are usually affected psychologically as they find themselves different from other boys. They cannot pee/urinate standing or if they do, urine passes like a fountain. It is possible to correct hypospadias at any age successfully so it is not late yet, overcome the hesitation and talk to us for your plan of treatment.
The surgery starts with urethral opening up to the normal site at penis followed by correcting the curvature to give the penis a normal appearance.
Surgery generally lasts for almost two hours.
Hospital stay required is two days.
Few parents do not take their son to operation theatre with a phobia of surgery at so young age or with a hope that it will be fixed on its own over a period of time. Or in some cases, parents do not feel the need for hypospadias surgery as they do not find their son getting affected a lot due to hypospadias.
Dear Parents, please understand that hypospadias if left untreated can affect the patient’s self-esteem and sexual function in the future. It does not fix on its own, inversely it gets worse with the advancement of age.
We encourage you to consult the reconstructive urologist to take an opinion on your case and get rid of hypospadias with no further delays.
The ultimate goal of hypospadias surgery is to provide a normally functional and cosmetic appearance to the penis. There are certain factors that decide the outcome of this surgery including the patient’s original anatomy and the tissues available for reconstruction.
Minimal cosmetic defects may occur after repair but are not significantly noticeable.
Since Hypospadias repair is a complex surgical case and differs from case to case, may be associated with a few post-surgical complications in some cases. However, the results of hypospadias surgery depend upon the expertise of the urologist. If the surgeon has been doing hypospadias cases regularly, then there are minimal chances of any complications.
Few possible complications after hypospadias surgery include a partial breakdown of the urethral reconstruction demonstrated by “Fistula” that is an opening between the urethra and the skin.
Fistula is a common complication after hypospadias surgery, however, in some cases, it closes on its own over a period of six months while in some cases, minor surgery is required to repair the fistula. Fistula does not harm the functional and cosmetic result of the surgery.
Book an appointment with the urologist at the medical treatment centre.
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