What is Hypospadias?
The urethra does not end at the tip of the penis. Instead, it ends on the bottom of the penis. In more complicated cases, the urethra ends at the middle or bottom of the penis, or in or behind the scrotum.
Hypospadias is usually caused by genetic factors, but some disorders during pregnancy can also cause this disease.
The only way to treat hypospadias is surgical.
Hypospadias surgery is usually done around 5 years of age. Early treatment for hypospadias is very important, it will be much harder to treat after the child has grown.
For hypospadias surgery, patient will receive general anesthesia.
Small defects may be repaired in 1 surgery, but more complicated cases may need 2 or more surgeries.
The procedure to be applied varies by defected area. Curvatures in the penis can be observed as well as holes being in different places. In this case both problems should be corrected in surgery.
Males who are born with hypospadias should not be circumcised at birth because the extra tissue of the foreskin may be needed to repair the hypospadias during surgery.
The plastic surgeon will use a small piece of foreskin or tissue from another part to create a new channel that rises the length of patient’s urethra. By extending the length of the urethra, it will be able to move opening to the tip of the penis. Therefore, delicate surgery using a microscope or loops should be made.
The surgeon may place a catheter (tube) in the urethra to make it hold its new shape. The catheter may be stitched or fastened to the head of the penis to keep it stable. The catheter will be removed within 1 week after the surgery.
After the successful hypospadias surgery, patient can go back to his normal life and in the future he will have a normal sexual life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hypospadias
Hypospadias is the congenital presence of the urinary hole is on the underside of the penis, but not on its natural place.
Hypospadias surgery takes between 1 and 5 hours according to the size of the intervention, the procedures to be performed and the selected methods.
In case of early diagnosis and successful surgery, the patinet will not have any sexual problem.
Genetic factors or diseases that the mother gets during her pregnancy may cause hypospadias.
Doctors may need to use the foreskin lashes during the operation so children should not be circumcised.
The most prominent indicators of hypospadias is that the opening of the urethrais at a different point from the tip of the penis and curvature of the penis.
In case of undergoing a successful surgery, children will not have any problems with their sexual life when they grow up.
The urination returns to its normal form by replacing the urination hole in its normal place during the hypospadias surgery.