Mark was born a beautiful, healthy 7 pounds 15 ounces on August 14, 2016; one day after his due date. After you give birth, your pediatrician will come to the hospital the day the baby is born and then every day you are in the hospital. When our doctor came to visit Mark, she almost told us immediately that we would not be able to do the circumcision while in the hospital. Why? Well, she felt that the bottom of Mark's penis was shorter than normal. She said that was nothing to worry about, we would simply revisit at his 2 month check up.
His two month check up came and she referred us to a local urologist. Said local urologist (Dr. Snodgrass) is one of the world's best urologists. We scheduled his circumcision, got to PARC Urology (Dr. Snodgrass' practice) and almost immediately Dr. Snodgrass said he would be unable to do the circumcision.
Mark had something called hypospadias.
Hypospadias is a birth abnormally that affects 20,000 men per year. It is where the urethra is not at the head of the penis.
Dr. Snodgrass then gave us so much information about hypospadias. Honestly, it was a bit overwhelming. Here we are new parents of a two month old, going in for a circumcision, and we come out knowing that our son is going to need surgery once he was 6 months old.
If you ask me what I remember from that first appointment with Dr. Snodgrass four months ago, I just remember that the urethra wasn't where it should've been and that there was possible curvature that would need to be corrected. BUT....apparently this is pretty common.
Want to know the best part?
Dr. Snodgrass is, literally, the BEST in the world. People come from all over to have him conduct this surgery.
You see, there are urologists all over the world. Any urologist could've performed this hypospadias repair; however, Dr. Snodgrass is the best in the world for this type of surgery because he invented the technique used. Yes, he is a urologist. But he specifically specializes in hypospadias repair. Ninety percent of what he and his partner, Dr. Bush, do are hypospadias repairs. Whereas most other urologists might have 10% of their work be hypospadias repairs.
Up until three days ago, I was SUPER nervous. I mean, my almost seven month old was about to be put under and have a surgery to his penis of all places! But, two days before his surgery, we scheduled time with Dr. Snodgrass sans baby to review some questions.
After that 30 minute meeting, all worries were put aside. We had the best doctor right here in town. Better yet, he was in network. YAY!!
So come the day of surgery, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I can honestly say I was not worried one bit.
Mark could not eat past 2 a.m. So we woke him up at 1:30 a.m. and kid chugged a bottle. Dustin and I then set our alarms for 5:15 a.m. since we needed to be out of the house just before 6 a.m. We got everything ready in Mark's diaper bag, woke him up and then immediately left.
We were hoping that he would fall asleep. No such luck. Oh well, he was much better than I thought he would be. I mean, usually he eats almost immediately after waking up, but this morning we couldn't feed him per the anesthesiologist orders. They were right on schedule with everything. We got checked in to the hospital at 6:30 a.m. and by 8 a.m. Mark was being carried away by the pediatric anesthesiologist, Dr. Davis.
Dustin and I were then taken to the waiting area. Knowing the surgery would take anywhere from 1-2 hours, we decided to get some steps in on the floor where we were waiting. You see, our company has a walking challenge going on right now, and Dustin and I are dedicated people. Ha! :)
Almost on queue, two hours later Dr. Snodgrass came and gave us a rundown. I hadn't mentioned this before, but there was a possibility that he would need a second surgery in 6 months. NO SECOND SURGERY NEEDED!!
That alone was a relief!
Dr. Snodgrass was able to correct the urethra, and while he did not get circumcised, in going through the hypospadias repair, it will be as if he did get circumcised.
Mark will have a catheter in for 7 days. My mom is flying in on Saturday to help take care of Mark next week so we don't have to send him to daycare. Then next week we will go back to PARC Urology for a nurse to take the catheter out. In two weeks we will send Dr. Snodgrass some pictures of Mark's custom penis, then in 6 weeks we will go in for a follow-up.
That's it. Nothing else is needed for the rest of his life! How awesome is that?
At first I was apprehensive about sharing any of this, but after speaking with Dr. Snodgrass, I knew I wanted to just in case someone out there is going through this and doesn't know what to do. While I am not a point of reference on what to do, I would like to point anyone who's son has hypospadias to go see Dr. Snodgrass.
As I mentioned earlier, not only is he a urologist, but a world-renowned one at that. Just yesterday morning he performed a hypospadias repair on a child from Egypt! His number one focus at his practice is hypospadias. If your son or you know someone's son has this, please find a urologist that specializes in hypospadias. Don't just go to a urologist that has performed this before. Dr. Snodgrass told us this week that he performed a surgery, his first on the boy, but the boy's fourth surgery, to correct a botched hypospadias repair. This child had three other surgeries to correct his urethra, but none of them did it. They finally got in touch with Dr. Snodgrass, and he did the best he could to correct the work.
Whenever your child needs to have a procedure done that isn't inside the norm, please find a specialist. I am so unbelievably happy that we did.
While these next few days might be rough - we are not sure yet since Mark is still numb from the baby epidural and a bit groggy from the anesthesia - we know that this will never be an issue in the future, and that is so reassuring!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!