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My son is scheduled to have a hypospadius repair when he is almost 8 months old. I'm not sure what "degree" it is, but the surgeon says that she wouldn't consider it mild. I would like to know if anyone's boy's have ever had this procedure done and could give me some good advice. We plan to go through with the surgery, but I'm starting to flip out about it. I hate the idea of him having to go under anesthesia and have a stint placed, but understand that has to be done. Any input is welcome. I'm just a very nervous mommy. Thanks.
 

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First off, I'm new to this forum and haven't managed to introduce myself yet...but I thought I'd say a little bit here.<br><br>
My only experience with Hypospadia is with the results of my fiance's. He had his surgery at less than a year, and healed really fast. He woke before they expected him to, never had a problem, and ripped out the catheter and all of its stitches within days of coming home.<br><br>
When he hit puberty, the procedure started reversing itself. At 18, he now has the artificial hole that was created, as well as three small holes where the original urethra was. He has the option of another surgery now, but I don't think he plans to.<br><br>
Understand though, I don't want to dissuade you from what you have planned, just thought I'd give my experience with the long-term outcome.
 

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No, I welcome any opinions. It is a difficult decision. This is one of those times where I wish I had a crystal ball. I just don't want him to grow up thinking "why didn't they get this fixed" or have fertility issues or anything of the like. Thank you for your post.
 

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We had my son's repaired at 6 mos. Yes it was terrifying and I guess I will never truly know whether or not it was the right thing to do. It wasn't a mild case (that much I know). He is potty learning now so its on my mind a lot.<br>
We do the best with what we have at the time you know? It's not easy, that's for sure. PM me any time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Where exactly is the opening of the urethra? Is it on the meatus (head of the penis)?<br><br>
My son has a minor hypospadia.
 

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I wanted to pop in and give some advice. I had a this surgery as a baby. I am not sure how severe it was for me. I can tell you this is a hard decision to make. I can completely understand why your so nervous. Because really there is no right answer. Even now, I dont know would have been best for me. This is because the results and complications are unknown. Things could turn out great, or they could turn out worse then they did in the first place.<br><br>
Personally I have some obvious scarring from my surgery which is kinda embarising, and had a fistula develop as well. I would never have another surgery done again, because I would not want to risk developing further scar tissue or complications.<br><br>
I think I might have preferred not to have the surgery done, but I know there were advantages that I gained.<br><br>
I would suggest not doing this surgery unless its absolutely needed.<br><br>
Also if you have not checked it out, you should really look at this site:<br><a href="http://www.isna.org/" target="_blank">http://www.isna.org/</a><br>
Its an organization that stands against genital surgery on children, and its important for you to read through some of the site, just to get their perspective.<br><br>
Also a recent study that came out, linked below, said that found most men who did not have this "repair surgery" and were very happy that nothing was done.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=890672" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=890672</a><br><br>
I feel like I could type forever, so this post seems really jumbled. Please I would like to help you in anyway I can, so if you have any questions, and you think I might be helpful, please ask away. (even if there are more general questions)
 

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My second son (now 1) has a mild hypospadia...the meatus is at the base of the glans and his foreskin forms a "hoodie" over the head. But he has no chordee. Dh and I decided against the surgery because the risks seemed to great considering that we would have chosen it for cosmetic and not functional reasons, BUT had he had chordee, we likely would've gone the surgical route.<br>
We figure that if he questions why he looks different from his brother we will just point out that all our menfolk look different...dh is circumsized, and neither boys are but ds1 doesn't have a hypospadia...3 penises, 3 different looks in our home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">...I know this is hard.<br><br>
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