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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR SON IS DIAGNOSED WITH HYPOSPADIAS?

  • medical_centre
  • July 3, 2019

What parents should know?

Firstly, parents whose son has been diagnosed with hypospadias must know the basic questions of hypospadias as what is this condition all about, why does it happen, how hypospadias can be treated or can my son live his normal life in his adulthood.

In this article, we will discuss all the concerns related to hypospadias in details.

Your son is not the only child to get this condition as it is estimated based on certain studies and researches that one in 300 boys Hypospadias occur. Hypospadias is an abnormal condition where the opening of meatus or in simple language, the urinary opening of the boy is not at the normal position. The urinary opening in hypospadias is beneath the usual opening, proximal to the opening or distal in some cases.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HYPOSPADIAS?

  • The classic sign is unusual urinary opening
  • Downward curvature of the penis
  • Hooded type foreskin
  • Spraying of urine on peeing

HOW HYPOSPADIAS IS DIAGNOSED?

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Hypospadias is diagnosed at the time of birth itself by the Neonatologist or later in a few weeks by the parents themselves, as the signs are quite significant.

WHICH DOCTOR TO CONSULT WHEN WE GET TO KNOW ABOUT HYPOSPADIAS?

In the initial months of the baby diagnosed with hypospadias, it is advised to consult a pediatrician who will refer to a Urologist he must be knowing is good in managing cases of hypospadias.

Parents can directly approach a urologist too as eventually the case will be managed by Urologist, however, few pediatric surgeons also perform hypospadias surgery.

IS HYPOSPADIAS A MATTER OF CONCERN FOR THE CHILD’S FUTURE?

Hypospadias is a condition associated with certain complications as mentioned earlier like penile curvature which is supposedly going to worsen with the advancement of a child’s age. And this can have an impact on the child’s sexual life later also can impact fertility.

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Moreover, as the child grows with Hypospadias, he gets a negative influence on his psychology as he feels his penis different from other boy’s penis. He feels different from other boys as he finds it difficult to pee standing up as urine sprays like a fountain on peeing.

We advise not to let your child grow older with hypospadias.

WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR HYPOSPADIAS?

A case of hypospadias is managed surgically by the Urologist who is trained in Reconstructive urology also has impeccable experience in managing hypospadias cases. Hypospadias since is associated with few complications so generally completely treated in stages. Therefore, we advise choosing your urologist precisely as to avoid your child undergoing the surgery in multiple stages.

Surgically a new urethral opening is reconstructed and the abnormal one is fixed followed by the curvature correction in next stage sometimes in the same stage.

Our reconstructive urologists at the medical treatment centre are expert in handling cases of hypospadias from minor to complex one successfully. Book an appointment with the best urologist at the medical treatment centre.

The surgery takes almost 2 hours and is carried out in general anesthesia followed by a stay of two days in the hospital. Parents are encouraged to come for a routine follow up after a week. Catheter –the urinary bag is placed for two weeks in kids and for approximately three weeks in adults.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE FOR HYPOSPADIAS SURGERY?

In a case of hypospadias surgery the famous proverb fits, earlier it is done, it is better. Hypospadias surgery can be done at any age but the ideal age for the hypospadias surgery is 12-18 months. The hypospadias success rate is more if surgery is done in the initial years. Also in a very young age, the child’s psychological state does not get negatively affected.

WHAT IF THE BOY IS NOT OPERATED AND GROWS WITH HYPOSPADIAS?

Few parents think that their child is peeing abnormally but it is not harming him physically or parents get scared to see their young child on an operation table. In such scenarios, a boy grows with hypospadias and parallelly the complications do grow. Condition is known as Adult hypospadias.

In cases of adult hypospadias, Men are not satisfied with the appearance of their penis. In some mild cases where hypospadias is not much significantly affecting an adult, they opt the surgery for cosmetic purpose, to give their penis a normal look.

ANY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HYPOSPADIAS SURGERY?

Hypospadias repair is safe and well-tolerated by the patient be it a young boy or an adult but like any other surgery, this surgery has certain complications like bleeding or infection, which are rare.

Our Urologists make all efforts to avoid any complications during the surgery but one obvious complication is, what is called a urethral fistula, occasionally occurs. A urethral fistula is an abnormal hole or opening along with the new reconstructed opening.

A urethral fistula has nothing much to worry about as this is a usual complication followed by the hypospadias procedure and can be corrected in a simple procedure in the next stage.

SUCCESS RATE OF HYPOSPADIAS SURGERY

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Hypospadias surgery is successful if performed by an expert reconstructive urologist. Our non- clinical team try to get hypospadias patients reviews about the before and after of hypospadias surgery to provide them and other patients better results.

Book an appointment with the reconstructive urologist, Hypospadias specialist at the medical treatment centre.

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