Urethra procedures

Patients complaining of pain in the urethra and/or difficulty when urinating might be good candidates for urethral stricture treatment. Often a sore urethra is caused by blockages in the normal flow of urine from the bladder due to urethral stricture.

Conditions:

Optical Urethrotomy (males)

An optical urethrotomy is a procedure for urethral stricture, aimed towards relieving discomfort caused by the narrowing of the urethra (perhaps due to scarring or injury). A urethral stricture can disrupt normal urine flow and is a relatively common male urinary problem. An optical urethrotomy procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and involves a male cystoscopy.

Dr. Choonara will perform the male cystoscopy by inserting a thin tube with a camera attached to it into the urethra, in order to gain a visual of the stricture. The scar-like tissue of the urethral stricture is then cut with an endoscopic knife, allowing the narrow canal to open. This opening up of the male urethra is concluded by an inspection of the bladder, at which point Dr. Choonara may insert a temporary catheter to ensure your safe and speedy recovery from the optical urethrotomy procedure.

Urethral Dilatation (females)

A urethral dilatation procedure is undertaken to relieve a urethral stricture. Narrowing of the urethra can occur for a variety of reasons and may disrupt normal urine flow. This is a relatively common female urinary problem and is easily treatable. A urethral dilatation procedure is done under general anaestheti and involves gently stretching the urethra with metal dilators in order to relieve the urethral stenosis (another term for the narrowing of the urethra). If the problem is more severe.

Dr. Choonara might pursue other measures, such as open reconstruction. In most cases, the recovery time from a urethral dilatation procedure is swift and free of major discomfort.

Urethroplasty

A urethroplasty is a procedure that is performed for the treatment of urethral strictures. Urethral strictures occur when the urethra becomes narrow as a result of inflammation, causing a restriction to urinary flow. Urethral strictures can cause pain during urination, as well as urethral discharge and swelling in the penis. Some patients may experience an inability to control urination, weak urine flow, and sudden urges to urinate frequently.

During urethroplasty, Dr Choonara will make an incision and remove any damaged tissue at the site of the stricture. He will then reconstruct the urethra to ensure that any obstructions are repaired, and normal function is restored.

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