The Urethra in a human body is a tube which is meant to carry the urine from the bladder and to excrete outside the body. A urethral stricture is a medical condition which is marked by narrowing of the urethra which slows the urine flow from the bladder.
Reduced urine flow is the usual first symptom associated with dribbling of urine for a while after going to the toilet to pass urine.
This reduced flow of urine leads to complications like :
- pain while urinating
- dribbling of urine
- frequent urination
Urethral stricture is significantly more common in men. In fact, urethral stricture is rare in women.
In most cases, no cause can be found. Possible causes include trauma or injury to the urethra, pelvic fracture, infection, etc.
RGU-Retrograde Urethrogram is a special X-Ray which rules out the stricture urethra.
Medicine doesn’t prove to be much helpful in treating Stricture Urethra. Once a Stricture has developed, it may not go away on its own hence surgical procedure need to be carried out to get over with urethral stricture.
Depending upon the cause, length, caliber of Stricture, there are various treatments options such as Urethroplasty, Urethral dilatation, Urethral stent.
Urethroplasty is considered as the best option for treating Stricture Urethra.
It’s a surgical procedure where the Urethra is Reconstructed.
Urethroplasty has higher success rates with respect to other modalities of treatment.
The technique of Urethroplasty has evolved over time. And various factors like Surgeon’s skills, Set up (operation theatre), post-operative care to decide the clinical outcome.
Strictures can be resolved in more than 90% of cases in the first attempt if done by a skilled Reconstructive Urologist
Recurrence of stricture May develops after the surgery so you should be judicious enough to choose the Surgeon with formal training in Urethral reconstructive surgery dedicated to this specialty.
The case gets complicated after every failure of surgery so it is necessary to choose the Urologist judiciously for the very first surgery.
In Pelvic Fracture-related Urethral damage, Urethroplasty is done following an interval of 4 months after the treatment of a pelvic fracture.
Urethroplasty can influence the patient with stricture to acknowledge his life betterly and live with deference in the public arena.
To know more, Read our Stricutre Urethra blog.