Hypospadias is a congenital birth defect whereby the opening of the urethra (where the urine comes out off) is on the underside of the penis instead of the tip (see image).

It is quite common affecting 1 in 150 to 250 males at birth and is the 2nd most common birth defect of the male urological system. Sometimes, it is associated with an undescended testis.

Symptoms & Signs

There is usually NO pain but there is abnormal spraying during urination because of the urethral opening in on the underside of the penis.

Sometimes, the penis has a downward curved (chordee) look or a hooded appearance because only the top half of the penis has a foreskin.


Image source: Bapras

Surgery is required to reposition the urethral opening and close off the abnormal one. It is best done between the ages of 6 to 12 months. Treatment is required because it may affect sexual function later on in life (such as erection or ejaculation) as well as toilet training.

Sometimes, the penis also needs to be straightened during the surgery and also the foreskin repaired. The success rate is over 90% although some may need a 2nd surgery at a later date.

TeleMe was built to provide the community with convenient & efficient ONLINE & OFFLINE access to healthcare.

Disclaimer. TELEME blog posts contain general information about health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. 

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Share it on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?