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by Neff DM


With mild forms, no treatment is needed. In severe cases, surgery is the only way to correct the defect. The surgery is done by a doctor called a pediatric urologist.
If the urethral tissues cannot be brought back together, tissue grafts are taken from the foreskin or inside of the mouth. These grafts are used to:
  • Reconstruct the opening of the urethra
  • Straighten the curved penis
Surgery is typically done when the child is 3-18 months old.


American Academy of Pediatrics

American Urological Association



Canadian Urological Association

Health Canada



Academy of Pediatrics. Hypospadias: a birth defect in the penis. Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: . Accessed August 13, 2010.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Guideline Clearinghouse. Hypospadias: guidelines in pediatric urology. AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse website. Available at: . Published March 2008. Accessed August 13, 2010.

DynaMed Editorial Team. Hypospadias. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: . Updated June 2, 2010. Accessed August 19, 2010.

Mayo Clinic. Hypospadias. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: . Updated January 22, 2009. Accessed August 13, 2010.


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