What Is A Urethral Dilation Procedure?

How can I widen my urethra?

A doctor will begin by passing a small wire through the urethra and into the bladder to begin to dilate it.

Over time, larger dilators will gradually increase the width of the urethra.

Another nonsurgical option is permanent urinary catheter placement.

This procedure is usually done in severe cases..

Can urethra heal itself?

Rarely, urethral tears heal without surgery. Treatment helps to prevent some complications of urethral injuries. Complications that cannot be prevented are treated accordingly.

Does urethral dilation cause incontinence?

Urethrotomy combined with urethral dilation has been reported to show short-term success in a single study of ten patients (18). This treatment, however, is thought to pose potential risk to the sphincter mechanism and may lead to urinary incontinence (16).

What causes the urethra to narrow?

Scar tissue, which can narrow the urethra, can be due to: A medical procedure that involves inserting an instrument, such as an endoscope, into the urethra. Intermittent or long-term use of a tube inserted through the urethra to drain the bladder (catheter) Trauma or injury to the urethra or pelvis.

How do you permanently cure a urethral stricture?

Most of the time, it is a permanent cure. We perform a urethroplasty by removing the part of the urethra with the stricture and scar tissue. If it is a long stricture, we may also add new tissue, such as a graft from the mouth (a buccal mucosal graft) or a flap of skin to help reshape urethra.

Does the urethra narrow with age?

Age-related changes in the ureters The rate of urine flow out of the bladder and into the urethra slows. Throughout life, sporadic contractions of bladder wall muscles occur separately from any need or appropriate opportunity to urinate.

Why is my pee spraying everywhere?

The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder so it can be released from the body. Usually it is wide enough for urine to flow freely through it, but when it narrows or something is blocking the flow, it can cause urine to spray as if a finger was being held in front of a hose.

How long does urethral dilation procedure take?

The procedure usually takes only 5-10 minutes. At the end of the procedure, your bladder is drained again for your comfort. You may return to normal activities right away.

How long does it take to recover from urethra surgery?

Recovery Guidelines for Urethroplasty. Most patients recover fairly quickly after the procedure but the swelling from the surgery may take weeks to get better. In general it is recommended to limit activity to basic needs until the penis drain (catheter) is removed. Pain should improve in the first week after surgery.