About Urethral Stricture Obstruction

Educate Yourself on Your Upcoming Surgical Procedure
miVIP wants you to have of the information you need to know everything about your upcoming urethral stricture obstruction surgery. One of the most common conditions that a urology surgeon encounters are urethral stricture obstructions. These obstructions can happen in any part of the urinary tract and can be a result of tumors, calculi, abnormalities in a person’s anatomy or strictures.

An obstructive uropathy can lead to a urinary tract infection, pain, sepsis and even death in some cases. If you even suspect that your urinary tract might be obstructed, you’ll want to visit a urologist as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Statistics

Some of the statistics associated with urethral stricture obstructions are:

  • Urethral stricture obstructions are more common in men than women
  • A urethral stricture can be caused by urethra inflammation
  • Endoscopic evaluations and imaging studies are valuable methods of diagnosing urethral strictures

Causes

Examples of underlying conditions and causes of urethral stricture obstructions include:

  • Urethral injury
  • Urethral scar tissue
  • Chronic urinary conditions
  • Chronic urethritis
There are also certain medical causes of urethral stricture obstructions, such as:

  • Prostate hyperplasia
  • Prune belly syndrome
  • Prostate cancer
  • Posterior urethral valve

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms of urethral stricture obstructions are:

  • Painful urination
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Dribbling during urination
  • A decrease in the urine stream
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urethra discharge
  • Weak ejaculation force
  • Double or spraying streaming urine

Treatment Options

There aren’t any actual medical treatments that have been discovered for the treatment of urethral stricture obstructions, but there are methods that can be used to control the symptoms, such as pain medications. Your doctor might recommend surgery if you’re experiencing uncontrolled symptoms.

Other reasons surgery might be recommended include:

  • Kidney stones being present in the bladder
  • Complications with urination and urinary retention
  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Conservative treatment methods being unsuccessful
  • Increasing amounts of urine remaining in bladder once you’ve urinated
Urethral dilation is one of the more widely used surgical options for the treatment of urethral stricture obstructions. General anesthesia is used with this procedure and thin rods are used on the urethra to open up the urethral narrowing. Additional surgical options include open urethral reconstruction, a urethrostomy and a urethral stent placement.

Prognosis

In a majority of cases, the prognosis is favorable for urethral stricture obstructions. There are some cases that don’t have as good of a prognosis due to the underlying causes.

Procedures:

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If you’d like to learn more about minimally invasive urethral stricture obstruction surgery or if you’d like to schedule an evaluation with an experienced miVIP surgeon, contact us at 855-496-4847.

Procedures:

  • Urethral Dilation
  • Urethral Reconstruction
  • Urethrostomy
  • Urethral Stent Placement