How a benign lesion is treated depends on the type. Your urologist has many methods to choose from to treat your lesions.
Urethral polyps can be removed using cystourethroscopy. Your urologist can peer into the urethra with a small, flexible camera and use miniaturized tools to remove the growth.
Paraurethral cysts don't need to be treated if there are no symptoms. Most often, these pop and shrink by themselves. But if there's a blockage, infection, or if pain occurs, your urologist may pierce the cyst with a scalpel blade to drain it and ease the symptoms.
Urethral caruncle cysts don't need to be treated if there are no symptoms. If the caruncle causes problems, your urologist may remove it and burn its base.
The good news for most sufferers of urethral prolapse is that it can be managed successfully. Milder forms of urethral prolapse can be managed by:
- sitz baths
- estrogen cream
- antibiotics (for infections)
In most cases, the problem should go away within weeks of treatment. For worse cases, surgery can be done to take out the prolapsed tissue. The membrane is then stitched in place to keep it from occurring again. A Foley catheter is placed inside the bladder before the procedure and removed after a day or 2.