Hypospadias: A birth defect of the penis involving the urethra (the transport tube leading from the bladder to discharge urine outside the body). The urethra normally travels in the male through the full length of the penis so that the stream of urine comes from the urethral opening at the tip of the penis. However, in hypospadias the urethra does not go all the way through the penis but, instead, opens on the underside of the shaft of the penis or below the penis. Hypospadias is relatively common, affecting approximately 1 in every 500 newborn boys. Hypospadias can occur as an isolated birth defect in an otherwise normal child or it can be part of a multiple malformation syndrome. There is no association between the mother's use of loratadine (Claritin) in early pregnancy and the occurrence of hypospadias in her son. In mild type (first-degree) hypospadias, the urethral opening is below the tip but still nearby (on what is called the glans). In moderate (second-degree) hypospadias, the urethra opens closer to the body on the underside of the shaft of the penis. In severe (third-degree) hypospadias, the urethal opening is below the penis on the skin and this is called a perineal hypospadias. In a child with hypospadias, the urine comes from an opening that is on the underside of the penis or below the penis. With moderate-to-severe degrees of hypospadias, the boy will therefore usually sit to urinate. Some cases of first-degree hypospadias are so mild as to not require treatment. If the hypospadias needs to be repaired, this is done by surgery. The aim is to repair and reconstruct the urethra. Depending on the degree of the hypospadias, the surgery can range from relatively simple to very challenging. The opposite of hypospadias is epispadias, a less common birth defect in which the urethra opens prematurely on the upperside of the penis or above it.
My son is scheduled to have surgery just after he turns 2 and I'm worried if I potty train beforehand, where it will hurt him to pee all the work will be for nothing and I'll...
Started by Emilie on 04/20/2015 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update 4 days ago by Crystal
Hey Everyone! I have a three-month-old baby with sub-coronal (mild-moderate) hypospadias and slight chordee, and he's set to have surgery to repair it this October. I'm super...
Started by Sarah on 07/17/2012 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 01/28/2015 by Lindsey
I'm so happy to see this community here!!! My son is 21 months and was born with the severe hypospadias and chordee. He had the skin graph and first stage to straighten the...
Started by Andrea on 02/19/2010 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 12/06/2014 by GeeSmith
My son is 16 months, this is his first surgery, he is not supposed to have any more after this. I have a few questions for those of you who have been through this already.I...
Started by Adrienne on 10/11/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 10/21/2014 by Adrienne
It's been a long journey for us. I started a blog to share what I've learned along the way: http://www.hypospadiasmom.com Hope all you mamas are getting there. Christina
Started by Christina on 09/14/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 09/14/2014 by Christina
Hi! Our little guy is due to have the first of his two surgeries in Augus for the repair of the chordee and the bifid scrotum. They will also graft the foreskin to the underside...
Started by User on 05/31/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 08/18/2014 by BB13
My 7mo old son Andrew, was diagnosed with Hypospadias w/ mild chloree, when he was born. He was a month premature and wasn't feeding well. He was born by C-section and wasn't...
Started by Madeleine on 12/08/2008 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 08/11/2014 by Annafromrama
My son was born with a mild form of hypospadias. I'm relatively familiar with it, as it runs in my family. He will be 6 months old tomorrow and had his first testosterone shot...
Started by Emily on 06/02/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 08/02/2014 by Emily
Hi there, so as I mentioned in the title, the specialists believe that my son has significant hypospadias after seeing genital ambiguity at 18 week scan and a tip of the penis...
Started by Christina on 03/26/2013 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 07/22/2014 by Gabedag
My son son was born Feb 2011 and immediately diagnosed with mild/moderate hypospadias (second degree distal penile) with a chordee. We had follow up visits with the urologist...
Started by Ashley on 09/06/2012 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 07/10/2014 by Jackie
Hi, My son had his hypospadius surgery on Tuesday and is in a bit of pain with movement and when he tugs at the catheter (he's 18 months old). He is also tired of taking all his...
Started by Charly on 06/27/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 06/27/2014 by Ligia
I have a 4 year old that was born with severe hypospadias and he scortum wasn't fused together. Over the years he has had 5 surgeries to correct it and is now looking pretty...
Started by Tracy on 04/05/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 05/13/2014 by Rhiannon
He has also not been circumcised.
Started by Hannah on 04/27/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 04/27/2014 by Hannah
My son had his corrective surgery at 9 months old. Now that he's healed, his meatus goes from the center down to about where it used to be on the underside of the the glans. He...
Started by Jennifer on 12/05/2008 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 03/12/2014 by Yahima