Urethrotomy

Urethrotomy at Winfield Hospital

What is a urethrotomy procedure?

A urethrotomy procedure is performed to help alleviate symptoms of a narrowed urethra (the tube that carries urine and semen to the tip of your penis). These include the need to pass urine more often, sudden urges to pass urine, slow flow of urine and the feeling of not having fully emptied your bladder.

The narrowing or stricture of the urethra is usually caused by scar tissue formation after an infection, inflammation or injury.

A urethrotomy widens your narrowed urethra. It is performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. A special rigid telescope, called a cystoscope, is passed into your urethra. Tiny instruments are used to cut the scar tissue and widen your urethra.

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