Hypospadias Repairs – FAQs About Hypospadias Surgery
When it comes to getting hypospadias surgery, people tend to have a lot of questions. We are here to provide you with the answers to those questions today!
What is hypospadias?
Answer: Hypospadias is a condition that is present at birth and it affects the penis. There are three common signs of hypospadias, including:
- The location of the opening through which a male child urinates, also known as urethral meatus, is located at a lower than normal position
- There can be a bend to the penis. This is usually a downward curve of the penis or a forward tilt of the head of the penis
- The foreskin can be formed incompletely, which is usually called Dorsally hooded foreskin
How common is hypospadias?
Answer: Hypospadias occurs quite commonly and is present in approximately 1 out of every 150-300 newborn boys. It should be noted that mild forms of hypospadias are more common but surgeons and urologists are often experienced in treating both mild and severe forms of hypospadias.
My child is suffering from hypospadias. Does my child need treatment?
Answer: Whether your child needs surgical treatment or not depends on several factors, including the severity of the condition. The main goal is to achieve optimal urinating and sexual function. This is why you must visit a medical professional to make sure that you can get your child the required treatment.
How long does hypospadias repair take?
Answer: The length of hypospadias surgery depends on several factors, including the severity of the condition. But on average mild hypospadias repair can take around 60-120 minutes while more severe conditions can take three or more hours.
What is the level of pain that my child will feel after hypospadias surgery?
Answer: Every child’s pain level is different but usually there is a slight discomfort that occurs during the first two to three days after hypospadias repair. Your doctor will also prescribe medications to ensure proper healing and for minimizing the discomfort of the child who has undergone the surgery.
Will my child need antibiotics after hypospadias surgery?
Answer: Hypospadias repair is a surgical procedure. Because of this, there are possible chances of infection. Usually, doctors will administer antibiotics when the child is placed under anesthesia. In some cases, an antibiotic can also be prescribed while the urethral catheter or stent is in place. More details will also be shared before the surgery.
How should I take care of my child and bathe him after hypospadias surgery?
Answer: You can bathe your child normally after 24-48 hours of getting the hypospadias surgery, depending on when the bandage is removed. Avoid bathing your child before bandage removal. One can choose to bathe the child while the catheter is in place.
There is also some special care involved when it comes to the urethral catheter. The urethral catheter is typically stitched into the head of the penis. It should drain directly into the diaper of the child and it will drain continuously. Parents need to remember that the child will constantly have a wet diaper. Urethral catheters typically remain in place for 5-14 days after hypospadias surgery.
If a parent notices that the catheter is not draining or that the urethral catheter has come out before the recommended team, then one should contact the doctor as soon as possible. Further, a dressing or bandage is applied after hypospadias surgery. After repair, the surgeon will share all details on how and when to remove the bandage.
Should I expect bleeding after hypospadias surgery?
Answer: There is often a small amount of bleeding onto the bandage or into the diaper in the first few days after the hypospadias repair. If any active bleeding is seen, make sure to hold pressure in the area for five to ten minutes. If further bleeding continues, contact the doctor as soon as possible.
How does recovery happen after hypospadias surgery?
Answer: Initially, it is normal for the penis to look bruised, swollen, and red in appearance. The skin can also appear dark and sutures will be seen. After a few days, a white or yellow film might also be visible on the penis. This is the normal part of the healing process. If there is more redness, swelling, or drainage from the penis, then one should get in touch with the medical professional as soon as possible.
Will my child need another surgery?
Answer: Most children only need a single hypospadias repair surgery to fix the condition. However, if some complications occur during the surgery, then an additional procedure might be required.
If you have more questions, then feel free to get in touch with Dr. Amit Gupta at Divine Cosmetic Surgery!