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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about my son's meatotomy?

A meatotomy is a surgical procedure that makes the opening (meatus) at the tip of your son's penis bigger. The opening may become blocked or narrowed (stenosis), which can cause problems with urinating. You may have noticed that your son's urine stream sprays or is hard to aim. He may have pain or burning when he urinates. A meatotomy is done at a hospital or an outpatient facility.

How do I prepare my son for his procedure?

Your son may be able to bottle or breast feed up to a few hours before the procedure. His healthcare provider will tell you when to stop feeding your son.

What will happen during my son's procedure?

Your son will be sedated and will not feel pain during the procedure. The surgeon may use an instrument to make the opening larger. The surgeon may need to use 1 or 2 stitches to keep the meatus open.

What will happen after my son's procedure?

Your son will be kept until the sedation wears off. You will then be able to take your son home.

What are the risks of my son's meatotomy?

The area may bleed more than expected. Your son may develop an infection. There might be damage to the other structures of his penis. The opening may become narrow again.

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