Your child had hypospadias repair to fix a birth defect in which the urethra does not end at the tip of the penis. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. The type of repair that was done depends on how severe the birth defect was. This may be the first surgery for this problem or it may be a follow-up procedure.
Your child received general anesthesia before surgery to make him unconscious and unable to feel pain.
Your child may feel sleepy when first at home. He may not feel like eating or drinking. He may also feel sick to his stomach or throw up the same day he had surgery.
Your will be swollen and bruised. This will get better after a few weeks. Full healing will take up to 6 months.
Your child may need a urinary catheter for 5 to 14 days after the surgery.
If your child has a catheter, he may have bladder spasms. These may hurt, but they are not harmful. If a catheter has not been put in, urinating be uncomfortable the first day or 2 after surgery.
Your child's doctor may write a prescription for some medicines:
Your child may eat a normal diet. Make sure he drinks plenty of fluids. Fluids help keep the urine clean.
A dressing with a clear plastic covering will be wrapped around the penis.
Some oozing from the penis is normal. You may see some spotting on the dressings, diaper, or underpants. If your son is still in diapers, ask your nurse about how to use two diapers instead of one.
Do not use powders or ointments anywhere in the area before asking your child’s doctor if it is okay.
Your child’s doctor will probably ask you to take off the dressing after 2 or 3 days and leave it off. You may do this during a bath. Be very careful not to pull on the urine catheter. You will need to change the dressing before this if:
Infants may do most of their normal activities except for swimming or playing in a sandbox. It is fine to take your baby for walks in the stroller.
Older boys should avoid contact sports, riding bicycles, straddling any toys, or wrestling for 3 weeks. It is a good idea to keep your child home from preschool or daycare the first week after his surgery.
Call the doctor or nurse if your child has:
Also call the doctor if:
Snodgrass WT. Hypospadias. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 10th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 130.
Updated by: Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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