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Hypospadias is a disorder that occurs during fetal development where the tube that carries urine from the bladder (the urethra), does not grow to its complete length, and is located on the underside of the penis. The foreskin also does not develop completely. There are a number of theories why hypospadias occurs, but no one knows the definitive cause. There are varying degrees of this condition with the mildest form not requiring any treatment and more in-depth cases requiring several surgeries. Surgical intervention typically occurs around age 6-12 months. All these details will be discussed at your child's first appointment with the pediatric urology team so that you will know exactly what to anticipate.