Urethral stricture or stricture urethra is an abnormal condition of the urethra (the tube through which urine passes through the bladder and excretes out of the body) marked by narrowing of the urethra. This narrowing leads to certain urinary complications like difficulty with passing urine and others, which we will discuss in details in the next section of the blog. This condition occurs in men and rare in women.
These issues range from minor to life-threatening; therefore, such symptoms seek urgent medical attention for a quick diagnosis and a prompt treatment.
There is no medicine available that can treat urethral strictures; surgical procedures are highly effective in treating the stricture urethra. Urethroplasty is the best treatment to achieve a long-term solution in the case of stricture urethra.
A urethral stricture is marked with mild to severe issues related to urination. These sign and symptoms of stricture urethra are listed as follows:
There are certain reasons for urethral stricture to occur in a man. However, few patients do not realize that their symptoms are a matter of concern and they seek a consultation with the urologist immediately.
Few common causes are discussed as follows:
Initially, the Urologist examined the patient physically and list out the clinical features of a patient based on the history given by him. Then few investigations are recommended by the urologist to evaluate the urethral stricture.
RGU (Retrograde Urethrogram) is an X-ray of the urethra using contrast dye, determines the length of the stricture.
Uroflowmetry is done to see the urinary flow in a patient.
When diagnosed with stricture urethra a prompt treatment is essential considering the potential complications including kidney functions insufficiency, bladder stones, recurring infections, and urethral fistulas.
Since there are no medicines available currently to treat a urethral stricture therefore non-surgical treatment is very limited. The only effective treatment apart from the surgery is dilation of the urethra. The urethra is dilated using special rods called sounds into the urethra.
This method is outdated as it does not relieve symptoms permanently.
Generally, the patients are able to return to their routine life within a few weeks after surgery.
Urethrotomy may relieve the symptoms of stricture urethra but temporarily. There are more chances of recurrence.
While Urethroplasty provides the permanent solution for patients with stricture urethra provided done by the reconstructive urologist who has been doing urethroplasty frequently.
Our Urologists at the medical treatment centre are experts in Urethral surgeries with a good success rate in urethroplasty. Book an appointment with our best reconstructive urologist at the medical treatment centre.