A very common genetic defect – thought to affect approximately 1 in 300 men – hypospadias is a condition where the urethra, through which urine is expelled from the body, is positioned further down the penis, rather than at the tip. It ranges from mild to the severe, where the opening of the uretha is at the base of the scrotum, sometimes accompanied by a tightening of the tissues which means the penis can’t fully straighten. The condition is sometimes linked with undescended testes, which can make the man infertile.
As well as the physical difficulties that hypospadias produces, from urinary tract infections, difficulties urinating and impact on normal sexual activity, hypospadias causes great distress and loss of confidence and can have a devastating impact on relationships.
Although the cause of hypospadias has not been identified, it often runs in families.
What can be done to treat hypospadias?
Although about 1,500 operations to correct hypospadias are carried out in the UK every year, there is a high complication rate, which may cause life-long urinary issues, so it is important that you choose a plastic surgeon who has the experience and expertise to carry out this procedure.
Mr Sudip Ghosh performs the Snodgrass repair technique, an effective procedure with a high success rate. Recent data on the Snodgrass repair technique published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology, posited a success rate better than 95 per cent.
Called tubularised incised plate (TIP) repair, the surgery can treat mild to severe hypospadias. Using the tissues that normally create the urinary channel, the procedure extends the uretha. It doesn’t utilise skin flaps, which has long been the conventional surgical option for hypospadias. Benefits include a more normal appearance to the penis post-procedure.
For more information on this condition and the surgical options available, book a consultation with Mr Sudip Ghosh, by calling 07518 914475 or by filling in a contact form.