Is hypospadias repair a risky procedure?

Hypospadias is a congenital condition in which the urinary opening is not at the typical position at the head of the penis, rather on the under-surface. Varying in severity, hypospadias can adversely affect urination and sexual function and affects 1 in 300 boys. In many cases, the condition causes a downward bend on the penis that is especially noticeable when it is erect.

Can hypospadias be left untreated?

In the majority of cases, hypospadias causes a mild abnormality with the urethral opening located only millimetres from the penis’s tip. However, in the remaining 30% of cases, there is a more pronounced abnormality with the opening on the shaft or, in very rare cases, at the base of the penis. Even in these cases, there is no urgency to treat the condition; some parents choose corrective surgery for their son at the earliest opportunity (usually from 12 months) but others wait until they are older. Not everyone chooses to have surgery, especially if their ability to urinate standing up and enjoy normal sexual function are unaffected. A consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon such as Milton Keynes-based Mr Sudip Ghosh will firstly shed light on the severity of your individual case and then present you with you treatment options.

What could go wrong?

Hypospadias repair has a very high success rate, restoring normal appearance and urinary function permanently. In rare cases, a patient may experience problems after surgery that will require further intervention. One risk is the development of a leak between the original urethral opening and the new position, or the newly constructed urethra could become narrow. Both complications can be corrected by further surgery. During a hypospadias repair consultation at his Milton Keynes clinic, Mr Sudip Ghosh will talk you through the potential risks and complications, how these are minimised and what action will be taken should they arise.

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