Yesterday you learned about Peyronie's disease, one of three common penile problems that some men have to deal with, but today I'm going to talk about Hypospadias. This condition is when the urinary meatus, the hole on the penis where urine and ejaculate pass, is abnormally positioned. It's usually just short of the tip of the penis but can be as extreme as being positioned underneath the penis or as far back as the scrotum. Hypospadias is actually fairly common, affecting approximately 1 in every 300 newborn boys (this condition is present at birth) so if you want to learn more about it, just read more.
The only way to treat this condition is to have surgery to reposition the urethral opening, and if need be, straighten out the penis. In most cases, the surgery is successful and results in normal or near-normal function and appearance with no future problems, although it is possible for a meatus to form under the penis where the new urinary channel was created, which can cause leakage. If that were to occur, another surgery would be necessary. Although this condition isn't life threatening, it can most definitely be an emotional burden.