Hypospadias Treatment Center

The Center for Study and Treatment of Hypospadias treats patients with hypospadias, a congenital defect of the penis resulting in the incomplete development of the urethra, the canal that carries urine from the bladder and serves as the passageway for semen.

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects among boys. When this defect occurs, the urethra opens on the underside of the penis. In the most serious cases, boys can't urinate normally, if untreated.

Fortunately, most boys born with this condition have mild cases that can be repaired relatively easily with a single outpatient operation performed between the ages of 6 months and 18 months.

In addition to treating patients, the center conducts research on the following aspects of the disease:

  • Cause, which is currently unknown
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Possible environment triggers during fetal development

Research is conducted by a team of pediatric urologists, endocrinologists, epidemiologists, geneticists, pathologists and basic scientists.

Patient care is provided by pediatric urologists Dr. Lawrence Baskin and Dr. Michael DiSandro.

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For more information, please contact Urology at (415) 353-2200.

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