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At Anne Arundel urology, our goal is to get your child back to doing what he or she does best, being a kid. Our pediatric urology experts have decades of experience providing urologic care for children and their families. No matter what type of urologic problem your child is experiencing, we can help. Our team of specialists are not only expert physicians, they’re also parents. We will always treat you and your child with care and compassion to make the experience as stress-free as possible for both of you.
The most common problems that can occur when a boy is not circumcised are phimosis and balanitis. Phimosis is a tight foreskin that cannot be retracted naturally, in most males this will occur normally by age 5. If the foreskin is not retractable, bacteria can build up and cause balanitis, or an infection of the delicate skin on the prepuce of the penis. In the case of an infection, the patient or the parent may notice an acutely swollen, painful, or red tissue connecting the foreskin to the penis. There may also be yellow discharge.
Circumcision prevents both of these problems.
Circumcision can be done at any age, most conveniently when a baby is first born. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia for newborns. For older children and adult males, it is performed under general anesthesia.
These procedures are done on an outpatient basis and require only a few days of recovery.
Hypospadias is a common, correctable congenital condition in males that causes the urethra to be positioned in the wrong place. About 1 in 100 male babies are born with this condition. In hypospadias, the opening of the urethra, which is usually at the tip of the penis, can be on the underside of the penis or within the scrotum or perineum. This condition can prevent the penis from working normally during urination and ejaculation and can cause the penis to curve downward.
Undescended testes are a common condition affecting about 1 to 2 percent of male infants. This is more common in premature babies. If the testes don’t descend during the first several months of life, the condition can cause infertility and an increased risk of testicular cancer.
Voiding or bladder dysfunction is a general term that’s used to describe abnormalities in either the filling or emptying of the bladder in children. The term covers a range of issues including daytime wetting, poor bladder emptying, urinating too frequently, or waiting too long to urinate. It’s a common condition and the reason for 40 percent of pediatric urology clinic visits. It’s often associated with bowel dysfunction and frequently referred to as bowel bladder dysfunction (bbd).
Hydronephrosis is a condition where a backup of urine causes the kidney to swell. It’s the most commonly found prenatal problem when pregnant women have an ultrasound, and boys are more likely to be born with the condition than girls.