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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.

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 also involves a male cystoscopy. Dr. Hayden 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 up. This opening up of the male urethra is concluded by an inspection of the bladder, at which point Dr. Hayden 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 anaesthetic, 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. Hayden 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.

How are urethral problems diagnosed?

There are different types of tests that may be conducted to diagnose urethral problems. These may include urine tests, x-rays and an examination of the urethra using a cystoscope.

What is the function of the urethra?

The urethra is responsible for passing urine to the outside of the body.

What are the complications of a urethral problem?

A damaged or diseased urethra may cause certain complications such as:

  • Difficulty in passing urine and/or urinary incontinence
  • Infection
  • Bleeding