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Urethrotomy

If you have painful symptoms caused by the narrowing of the urethra then the urethromtomy is the procedure to help you feel better. Book online today

What is a urethrotomy?

A urethrotomy is an operation to treat a narrowing of the urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis). The narrowing is usually caused by scar tissue forming after inflammation, an infection or injury. This can cause a slow flow of urine, often with dribbling, pain, bleeding and infection.

What are the benefits of surgery?

The benefits of surgery are a better flow of urine, improved bladder emptying and less need to get up at night. You should also be less prone to infections.

Are there any alternatives to a urethrotomy?

Other techniques used to treat a narrowing are balloon dilatation, using dilators and inserting a stent.

More complicated narrowing sometimes need open surgery.

What does the operation involve?

A urethrotomy is performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. The operation usually takes less than half an hour.

Your surgeon will pass a special rigid fibre-optic telescope (cystoscope) into your urethra.

Your surgeon will make a cut in the scar tissue to make the urethra wider.

What complications can happen?

General complications of any operation:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Specific complications of this operation:

  • Retention of urine
  • A swollen penis
  • Narrowing of another part of the urethra
  • Making a hole in the bladder

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after.

You should be able to return to work after a few days.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Sometimes a narrowing can happen again.

Most men make a good recovery, with a big improvement in their symptoms. Progress is most rapid in the first six weeks but improvement can continue for many months, particularly if your bladder has become overactive.

Summary

A narrowing of the urethra can cause a slow flow of urine, often with dribbling, pain, bleeding and infection. A urethrotomy should relieve your symptoms.

Paying for your operation

Urethrotomy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr John Lemberger FRCS

Illustrations: Mr John Lemberger FRCS

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Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Opening up of urethra

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,915 Included £2,915
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £3,115

Specialists offering Urethrotomy

Mr Azhar Khan

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS, MD, FRCS (Urol)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Sachin Agrawal

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBBS FRCS (Urol)

BMI The Runnymede Hospital

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Mr Donald MacDonald

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BA, BM BCh, FRCS(Urol)

BMI The Meriden Hospital

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Mr Munir Ahmed

Consultant Urological Surgeon

FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Urol) MSc (Med Ed Cardiff) MAcaMEd

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Prof Francis Chinegwundoh MBE

Consultant Urologist

MBBS MS MML(med law) FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Urol) FEBU

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 1 more BMI The London Independent Hospital

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