The UCSF Center for Study and Treatment of Hypospadias treats patients with hypospadias, a congenital defect of the penis and one of the most common birth defects in boys. This defect results in the incomplete development of the urethra, the canal that carries urine from the bladder and serves as the passageway for semen.
Hypospadias Treatment Center
In boys with hypospadias, the urethra opens on the underside of the penis instead of the tip. In the most serious cases, they can't urinate normally unless they receive treatment. Fortunately, most boys with this condition have mild cases that can be repaired relatively easily in an outpatient operation done between the ages of 6 and 18 months.
We have pediatric urologists on staff who care for our patients. We also have a team of pediatric urologists, endocrinologists, epidemiologists, geneticists, pathologists and basic scientists who conduct research on these aspects of hypospadias:
- The cause (currently unknown)
- Genetic susceptibility
- Possible environmental factors during fetal development