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 makes the penis curve downward during an erection.
A chordee repair is done by a specialized doctor called a pediatric urologist.
The surgery is typically done after six months of age if the penis curvature is greater than 30 degrees. Curvature of the penis greater than 60 degrees can affect sexual function later in life.
This procedure is done on male infants 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.
The surgery is usually done in an outpatient setting. Your child will not need to stay in the hospital overnight.
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
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:
Swelling of the area is normal. When your child returns home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
After arriving home, contact the doctor if any of the following occurs:
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Urological Association
Canadian Urological Association
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Hypospadias. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
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Last reviewed November 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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