Deanna M. Neff, MPH
Chordee repair is a surgery to straighten the penis.
It is done to repair a birth defect of the penis called
chordee. This defect causes the penis to be curved, which is most obvious during an erection.
A chordee repair is done by a specialized doctor called a pediatric urologist.
The surgery is typically done after 6 months of age.
This procedure is done on boys born with:
After surgery, the penis should function normally.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If your child is having the surgery, the doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Discuss these risks with the doctor before surgery.
The following may be done:
Talk to the doctor about your child’s medications and supplements. Your child may need to stop certain medications before the surgery. Your child may also need to take certain medications to prepare for surgery.
Your child will need to have an empty stomach before the procedure. Ask the doctor when your child will need to stop breastfeeding or eating.
will be used. This will block any pain.
Several techniques may be used to straighten the penis. In general, surgery aims to make the longer and shorter sides of the penis equal in length. Techniques may include:
An artificial erection will be created using a special injection. This will confirm that the penis is straight. Bandages will be placed around the penis.
About 1-2 hours—longer if your child is having a more complex procedure
The surgery is usually done in an outpatient setting. Your child will not need to stay in the hospital overnight.
Your child will not feel any pain during surgery. Medication will be given after the procedure to manage pain.
The staff will monitor your child and give him pain medication as needed.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your child's chance of infection such as:
There are also steps you can take to reduce your child's chances of infection such as:
When your child returns home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Contact your child's doctor if their recovery is not progressing as expected or they develop complications such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Urology Care Foundation
Canadian Urological Association
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Last reviewed September 2016 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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