Urethral stricture (scar tissue blockage in the urine channel) may for some people cause pain and/or difficulty with passing urine. One option for treatment is urethrotomy. If this fails or is not appropriate then the other option is Urethroplasty which is a surgical procedure to treat urethral stricture.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and can be carried out by one of two techniques depending on the individual patient.
- Substitution using tissue from the mouth
- By direct anastomosis
After surgery, a catheter is left in for approximately 2-3 weeks. An x-ray study is carried out to check that all has healed and if this isn't yet the case, then the catheter is left in for a further week.
Patients are then monitored following this to check that the urethra has healed well, usually with an examination of the urethra with a telescope at 6 weeks.
The benefit of having the urethroplasty procedure is that there is a high success rate with a strong possibility of long term cure for urethral stricture disease.