Chordee is a congenital condition (meaning it is present at birth) that causes the penis to curve downward. In many children, chordee is also seen with hypospadias, a condition where the urethral opening is not located at the tip of the penis but rather on the underside of the penis.
Chordee is most easily seen during an erection and surgery is often necessary to correct this condition. In some cases of chordee, tethered tissue on the underside of the child's penis makes it impossible to have a straight erection.
The pediatric urology specialists at Chesapeake Urology For Kids recommend that surgery be performed in infancy or early childhood to correct chordee to ensure the normal growth and development of the penis as the child matures into adolescence and adulthood.
SURGERY TO TREAT CHORDEE
Surgery to repair chordee in childhood is often very successful. The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery in our Ambulatory Surgery Center which has a team of pediatric surgery specialists at the ready to care for your child. If hypospadias is present, Dr. Mevorach will surgically correct the chordee as well as repair the urethral opening, moving it toward the tip of the penis. Seeing chordee and hypospadias together is not uncommon.
For cases that are not diagnosed until late childhood or adolescence, surgery can still be effective for the treatment of chordee.