Pediatric Surgical Associates is delighted to announce the addition of Katie Willihnganz-Lawson, MD to our growing pediatric urology team. Dr. Katie Willihnganz-Lawson grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. She attended medical school and completed her urology residency training at the University of Minnesota. She then completed her fellowship training in pediatric urology at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Willihnganz-Lawson enjoys all aspects of pediatric urology but is especially interested in genitourinary reconstruction, sex development, neurogenic bladder and congenital anomalies of the urinary tract. She is also trained in minimally invasive robotic surgery. During her training she researched surgical outcomes for patients with bladder exstrophy, vascular anomalies, and disorders of sex development. She has performed quality improvement projects and improved standardization of care and quality of life for pediatric urology patients. In both education and treatment, Dr. Willihnganz-Lawson uses a family-centered care model to engage her pediatric patients. She is excited to be returning to Minnesota and bringing her talents and skills as a physician and reconstructive surgeon to the Twin Cities!
Pediatric Surgical Associates is delighted to announce the addition of Amy Hou, MD to our growing pediatric urology team! Dr. Hou grew up in the borough of Queens in New York City. She obtained her undergraduate and medical degree through the Seven-Year Accelerated Medical Program at Boston University. Dr. Hou then moved west to Colorado for her urology residency and pediatric urology fellowship training at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Hou has a strong background in endoscopic procedures . Dr. Hou enjoys all aspects of pediatric urology and has a special interest in neurogenic bladder and urinary reconstruction.
Hypospadias (hi-poe-SPAY-dee-us) is a birth defect of the penis. The urethral opening, the hole where the urine comes out, is not in the normal position. Instead of the tip, it is in the undersurface of the penis. Hypospadias may be mild, moderate, or severe depending on how far back the opening is.
Signs and symptoms of hypospadias may include:
• Opening of the urethra at a location other than the tip of the penis
• Downward curve of the penis (chordee)
• Hooded appearance of the penis
• Abnormal spraying during urination
Fortunately, surgery can correct the problem. These operations are best done between 6 and 18 months of age. The repair is usually performed in one surgery. However, if the Hypospadias is severe, it may be necessary to have more than one surgery.
The physicians of Pediatric Surgical Associates possess the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to evaluate and correct the condition of Hypospadias.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We may be reached at 612-813-8000.