Meatal stenosis is a narrowing of the opening of the urethra, on the glans or tip of the penis. The urethra is the tube through which urine leaves the body.
If your son has meatal stenosis, the opening (meatus) on the tip of his penis is very tight, which can make it difficult and often painful for him to urinate (pee). He may urinate with a deflected or small urinary stream.
In addition, it may take a very long time for him to finish urinating. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be more common, and even without an infection, your child may complain of burning or discomfort when urinating.
In order to make the opening on the penis larger so that your child can pee freely, your Nemours urologist will perform what’s called a meatotomy or meatoplasty, an outpatient operating room procedure that takes about a half an hour.
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What Can I Do About My Child's Bedwetting?
My 12-year-old son still frequently wets the bed. How can I help him?
Bedwetting, or enuresis, affects many older kids and even teens. Although the chances are good that your son will outgrow the condition, consider talking to your doctor, who can help find possible causes and suggest the best treatment.
Treatment might include behavior modification, the use of a bedwetting alarm, medicine, counseling, and other methods. Most important, knowing that he has the support and understanding of his family can help your son to feel less frustrated or ashamed about wetting the bed.
Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD
Date reviewed: September 26, 2016