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Starship Paediatric Surgery and Urology

Public Service, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Urology


Hypospadias (opening below) is an abnormal appearance of the penis, characterised by the abnormally situated opening of the urethra. This may be associated with a curvature of the penis.

This condition is seen in 1 in 300 - 500 male births.

There are varying degrees of severity and surgery is required to correct the hypospadias.

The aims of surgery are to:

  • provide a straight penis
  • move the urethral opening as far forward as possible to enable normal micturition (passing urine) and intercourse.

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