Surgery is the only treatment available to correct hypospadias. We recommend that these operations be performed between 6 and 15 months of age, when the psychological effects of genital surgery are minimal. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, hypospadias repair is done exclusively on an outpatient basis, minimizing separation of the child from parents and reducing the cost of the procedure.

Often, repair can be achieved in a single one- to three-hour operation at UCSF's outpatient surgery center.

The goal of surgical correction is to reconstruct a straight penis with a urethral opening as close to the tip of the penis as possible. This will result in a properly directed urinary stream, straightened penis upon erection and an appearance similar to a circumcised penis.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and often your child will be admitted and discharged from the hospital on the same day.

About half of the cases involve the more complicated hypospadias repairs, which require a catheter to be left in the bladder to drain the urine for seven to 10 days.

For more information about the care of your child after surgery, please see Post-Operative Instructions for Hypospadias Repair.

If you live outside the San Francisco Bay Area, Pediatric Urology will help make arrangements for you to spend the nights before and after the surgery at a local hotel so you can call us should any immediate problems arise. If you have California Children Services (CCS) approval, the agency will help pay for the accommodations.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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