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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need further surgery after my operation for a posterior urethral injury?

Most patients don’t need further surgery or expansion of urethral scarring after repair.

Will the injury or the surgery cause problems with sex?

Surgery to fix the urethra rarely causes erectile dysfunction. But severe posterior injuries can also harm the delicate nerves that run beside the urethra deep within the body. These nerves send the signal to the penis to become erect for sex. About 5 out of 10 men who have urethral injuries from pelvic fractures will have some type of erectile dysfunction once they heal. This may range from very mild to full erectile dysfunction. But there are many ways to treat this.

Will the injury or the surgery cause me to leak urine?

A small number of patients (2 to 5 out of 100) have problems with incontinence after having posterior urethral trauma fixed. This is thought to be caused by damage to the nerves that control the bladder outlet. This damage is a result of the injury and not from the surgery.