Surgical repair of hypospadias is done while the child is deep asleep and pain-free (using general anesthesia). The goals of the surgery are to repair the abnormal curvature of the penis, and to create a new urethra at the tip of the penis. A small piece of foreskin can be used to create a tube to extend the urethral length to allow placement of the urethral opening at the tip of the penis. Circumcision should NOT be performed at birth so that the foreskin can be used for the repair.
Update Date 10/2/2013
Updated by: Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.