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 2.5 month old son was diagnosed with mild to moderate hypospadias and chordee after birth. On the recommendation of our pediatrician, we went to see Dr. John Gearhart, a...
Started by Melanie on 02/13/2012 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 04/04/2012 by User
I have found that most people are quick to share the bad experiences that I felt strongly that I needed to share my positive experience with my 10 month old's recent Hypospadias...
Started by Stacy on 04/19/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 02/23/2012 by HANNAH
Hi everyone, My son is a week old today and I feel so alone and scared. We are waiting to meet with a pediatric urologist in Vancouver. I believe that he has a stage 1 or 2...
Started by Elizabeth on 09/03/2010 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 10/08/2011 by Elizabeth
My son was about 13 months old when he had his repair done.. he had mild hypospadious which I count myself very lucky for that compared to many of the stories I have been...
Started by Darcie on 09/05/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 09/05/2011 by Darcie
So my son had mild hypospadias repair in mid May. Everything seems to be functioning fine but the shaft of his penis still looks like it's bruised (dark gray discoloration). It...
Started by Lisa on 07/20/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 07/23/2011 by User
Hi, my son has just gotten through his glanular hypospadias and chordee repair surgery this past friday. He has an appointment for this tuesday to get his cath and bandages...
Started by Hannah on 05/22/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 05/27/2011 by Hannah
I'm just reading some older posts and now terrified! Our little guy has stage 1 (minor) and I'm just wondering how common it is for the original hole to open up again and if so...
Started by Elizabeth on 05/12/2011 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 05/26/2011 by Amanda
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
My son had his first Hypospadias repair when he was 15 months old in the city we are from. His case was only mild but Unfortunately the stitches didn't hold properly. After a...
Started by Alecia on 01/30/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 01/30/2014 by Alecia
He has also not been circumcised.
Started by Hannah on 04/27/2014 in Hypospadias Moms
Last update on 04/27/2014 by Hannah
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
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
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