Congratulations on your little man!
My son has hypospadias. In his case, the meatus (urethra opening) is at the base of his penis, where it meets the scrotum. He also has the hooded foreskin (dorsal hood) that it sounds like your son has. Does his foreskin look like it's all "bunched up" on the top of his penis, with none underneath and the glans showing? If so, that's the dorsal hood.
My son's hypo is quite severe (third degree) and he also has chordee (abnormal curvature). As a result, he needs two surgeries to correct it. He had the first surgery in May of this year, when he was 13 months old, to correct the chordee. The second surgery will be in November and will repair the hypo. They will be using the foreskin to rebuild the urethra, and as a result he will look circumcised, although I will NEVER consider him circ'ed. As well, there is a chance he might need skin grafts (bucchol graft -- taken from inside the cheek) if there isn't enough foreskin. I'm not trying to scare you -- like I said, my son's hypo is quite severe and your son likely won't require the grafts.
Depending on the severity of your son's hypo, there may be options. If it's a mild hypo surgery may not be necessary (ie. if the opening is on the glans, just not centred). If the opening is underneath the head or on the shaft, then chances are it will require surgery to repair it. I also know of one mom who left the hypo as it was (it was mild) but the urologist corrected the dorsal hood so that the foreskin went all the way around, instead of being bunched up on top.
For 1st degree hypo, there is a procedure called GRAP which preserves the foreskin. It may be worth mentioning to your urologist. Unfortunately this procedure isn't possible with more severe hypospadias. Here's a link about GRAP:http://www.cirp.org/library/restoration/gray1/
It's got some pretty technical language, but at least it gives you the name of the technique to write down, lol. You could also do a search and see if you find other sites that discuss it. Because it wasn't an option for my son I didn't look into it very much.
One thing I would suggest is getting a second opinion, if you have that option. The first urologist we saw told us our son's hypo repair was simply cosmetic and it was up to us whether to have it done. We decided to go ahead with it, but wanted a referral to a Children's Hospital. Imagine our shock when the paediatric urologist told us how severe our son's hypo was, after what the first quack -- I mean urologist -- had said. I still shudder to think what might have happened had we let him get his hands on our son.
A few links that I have found helpful and informative:http://www.cornellurology.com/uro/co...ospadias.shtmlhttp://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welco...pospadias.htmlhttp://www.hypospadiashelp.fsnet.co....0contents.htmlhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/hypospadias/http://www.heainfo.org/forum/viewfor...de3698aeedd34c
As you go through the links you'll see that I've provided a couple that give information on hypospadias, as well as links to a couple of different hypo support groups. You'll find lots of people who have gone through this and who are more than willing to answer any questions you have. Feel free to PM me as well -- I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.
When do you see the urologist? I noticed that you are in Ontario (I'm in Alberta) -- what hospital will you be dealing with? Are you seeing a Paediatric Urologist? If you aren't, I would really recommend getting a referral to a PU. Ironically the first urologist we saw has his paediatric designation but sees mostly geriatric patients -- I just think if it's a paeds case you are better dealing with a paed doc, kwim? That's JMO, and I'm certainly not trying to tell you what to do, but based on my own experience I truly believe a PU is the way to go.
When you see the uro, make sure and ask what degree of hypo your son has. That will let you know what the next step(s) will be. Ask about chordee as well, I know it's often seen with hypo, although not always. You can also have chordee w/o hypo, but they do go hand in hand.
Please let me know what the doc says -- I'll be thinking of you. Hang in there, I know it's tough and scary right now, but it will be okay.