Meatal Stenosis - FAQs

To speak with a meatoplasty specialist, call 410-328-5730.

Meatal stenosis is a narrowing of the urethral opening at the tip of the penis. It interferes with the normal urinary stream and toilet trained boys often feel pressure prior to urinating.

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To correct meatal stenosis, the surgeon will make the urinary opening at the tip of the penis slightly larger. The inside of the urethra is sutured to the glans (tip of the penis). These sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed.

Important Notes:

  • Please keep the office staff up to date with a change in phone number, address or pediatrician. We may need to reach you in an emergency.
  • If your child becomes ill (fever, rash, cold) the week before surgery please contact our office immediately 410-328-5730.

Will I have to take time off of work?

Plan on a total of 2 days off work including the surgical day. This will allow for a quiet day after the operation.

Do you have any tips for the day of surgery?

Bring for your son:

  • A variety of favorite toys, music tapes, or books to encourage quiet time
  • A special toy or security blanket that may help to comfort you child
  • Extra pacifiers or teething toys to help soothe your baby
  • A change of clothes and loose clothes to wear home from the hospital

Bring for Yourself:

  • Any activity you enjoy to help pass the time
  • Snacks or money to buy yourself a meal. Please do not eat in front of your child

It is best, when possible, to make arrangements for siblings to stay at home on the day of surgery, in order for you to participate fully in your child’s care.

Will my child's diet have to change after surgery?

Your son may have a regular diet for his age. Constipation is common after surgery. Anesthesia and pain medicine (Roxicet) can contribute to constipation. Give your child plenty of clear liquids after surgery. Call the office if you child goes longer than 48 hours without a bowel movement.

Are there any special bathing instructions?

There is no special care required after meatoplasty. Bathe your son normally.

Are there activity restrictions after surgery?

Depending on old your son is when the operation happens will change when he can resume physical activities:

  • 0-8 months: Normal activity for age.
  • 8 months - 2-1/2 years: Be careful to avoid toddler accidents
  • 2-1/2 years - 12 years: Quiet supervised play for 24-48 hours.

When can my child return to daycare/school?

your child can return to daycare or school the next day.