Is only meatoplasty a legitimate surgical solution for extreme distal hypospadias? A long-term follow-up after adolescence

Y. Mor, J. Ramon, P. Jonas

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Objective. To review the long-term outcome of glanular hypospadias repair for extreme distal hypospadias based on simple dorsal Browne meatoplasty and circumcision, with particular attention to patient satisfaction. Patients and methods. A review of medical records identified 124 patients who underwent surgery for hypospadias between 1970 and 1979. Their age at operation ranged from 3 months to 13 years. The operation, performed as a day-case, included dorsal Browne meatoplasty for meatal advancement, based upon the Heineke-Mikulicz principle, using three absorbable sutures and often circumcision. There were no immediate complications. A questionnaire was sent to 111 patients whose present address was available. Two patients had died since the operation and of the 109 remaining patients, 43 (39%) replied. Results. The patients were aged 16-31 years at the time of assessment, giving a follow-up of 18 (13-23) years. Seven of the 43 patients were married. Seven patients had complained of some difficulties with urination, four reporting a poor urinary flow. The stream was directed forward in 32 patients and to some degree downwards in 11, still enabling all the patients to urinate while standing with a single stream. Thirty-two patients had had sexual experience, with no functional problems. Twenty-three defined their penile appearance as normal and 20 as abnormal. Overall, 24 (56%) reported complete satisfaction, 11 (25%) partial satisfaction and eight (19%) were dissatisfied with the surgical result. Conclusion. As there are few published reports about the long-term outcome and patient satisfaction after hypospadias repair, it is difficult to draw clear conclusions. However, this simple procedure is a legitimate surgical option for extremely distal glanular hypospadias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-503
Number of pages3
JournalBJU International
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmesis
  • Follow-up
  • Hypospadias
  • Meatoplasty
  • Meatotomy
  • Penis
  • Satisfaction


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