How are Urethral Strictures Treated?

There are many options depending on the size of the blockage and how much scar tissue is involved.

Treatments include:

  • 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.