How is hypospadias treated?
Some children require surgery to straighten the penis and reposition the urethra. Doctors usually perform this surgery when babies are between 3 and 12 months old. Some children may need a second repair, especially if they have a more severe form of hypospadias.
Your child’s surgeon performs this procedure under general anesthesia with local anesthetic, to reduce pain as much as possible. The surgery usually takes less than two hours and most patients go home the same day. Your child’s surgeon will:
- Make sure the penis is straight
- Move the urethra so that it comes out at the tip of the penis
- Cosmetically improve the appearance of the penis and, if the family wishes, perform a circumcision
Many children have a catheter (tube) inserted to drain the bladder while the penis heals. The catheter is usually removed in about a week.
Why choose us for treatment of hypospadias?
The Urology Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado has an experienced team of pediatric urologists who treat many children with hypospadias. In addition, all of our anesthesiologists, nurses and child life specialists are specifically trained in pediatrics. They know how to make your child comfortable and deliver the most advanced care.
We work in a dedicated operating room specifically designed for children. Our reoperation rates are well under the national average, which means we need to perform fewer second hypospadias operations than most hospitals in the nation. Learn more about our successful outcomes for children with hypospadias.