Circumcision Not Recommended

Hypospadias refers to a urethral opening that does not exit normally at the tip of the glans, but below the tip, somewhere along the underside of the penis. Epispadias is a condition where the opening occurs somewhere along the upper side of the penis. This condition arises through a failure of normal development. Circumcision is not required in mild conditions, and it is contraindicated in extreme cases because surgeons use the foreskin to make the repair.1   While urinating from the side of the penis might be inconvenient, it is advisable to wait until the child’s foreskin is normally retractable prior to corrective surgery.

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  1.   Schwentner C, Gozzi C, Lunacek A, Rehder P, Bartsch G, Oswald J, et al. J Interim outcome of the single stage dorsal inlay skin graft for complex hypospadias reoperations. Urol. 2006 May;175(5):1872-1876; discussion 1876-7.
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