A urethral stricture involves scarring that narrows the tube that carries urine out of your body (urethra). A stricture restricts the flow of urine from the bladder and can cause a variety of medical problems in the urinary tract, including inflammation or infection.
Scar tissue, which can narrow the urethra, can be due to:
There are several tests to determine if you have a urethral stricture including:
There are many options depending on the size of the blockage and how much scar tissue is involved.
dilation – enlarging the stricture with gradual stretching
urethrotomy – cutting the stricture with a laser or knife through a scope
open surgery – surgical removal of the stricture with reconnection and reconstruction, possibly with grafts (urethroplasty)
There are no available drugs to help treat strictures.
Without treatment, you will continue to have problems with voiding. Urinary and/or testicular infections and stones could develop. Also, there is a risk of urinary retention (when you can’t pass urine), which could lead to an enlarged bladder and kidney problems.