In most cases, your child is diagnosed with hypospadias while still in the hospital after birth. You'll likely be referred to a pediatric urologist. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Before the appointment:
- Ask a family member or friend to go with you — a trusted companion can help you remember information and provide support.
- Make a list of questions to ask your doctor.
Questions to ask might include:
- Does my child need to have surgery?
- When is the best time for surgery?
- What are the risks associated with this surgery?
- What happens if my child doesn't have the surgery?
- Will this condition affect my child's fertility or sexual function later in life?
- What is the likelihood of future children having the same condition?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have?
- What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions during the appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Be ready to answer questions from your baby's doctor, such as:
- Has anyone else in your family been diagnosed with hypospadias?
- Does your child's penis curve downward during an erection?
- Have you noticed any abnormal spraying when your child urinates?
Nov. 01, 2016
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