Urethral stricuture treatments
For anyone who has been told they have a urethral stricture (or narrowing of the urethra), it is important to know the following:
- All strictures should be properly imaged prior to any surgery
- Dilations and incisions should only be performed on short strictures
- Repeat dilations and incisions don’t cure the problem and they may decrease the success of future urethroplasty.
- The current standard of care is imaging, one incision or dilation, followed by the urethroplasty procedure.
Most types of urethral strictures can be treated with surgery, specifically a urethroplasty, which is the surgical repair to the narrowing of the urethra. It is often performed through an incision in the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum).
The best treatment option for a urethral stricture depends on the cause, the length, the exact location and any prior treatments. At City of Hope, our highly skilled team will create a personalized treatment plan for your specific diagnosis. The team features fellowship-trained urologists who hold the rare distinction of specializing in the repair of male urethral strictures.