Urethral Stricture Disease Treatments in Wisconsin
What is Urethral Stricture Disease?
Urethral stricture is a narrowing of a ureter (a tube that carries urine out of the body). The narrowing is caused by scar tissue in or around the urethra. That scar tissue can cause the blockage of urine, which can lead to a number of problems in the urinary tract.
Urethral strictures most often occur in men.
Symptoms of Urethral Stricture
Symptoms of the condition can be similar to those of other urinary tract conditions. If you have any symptoms of urethral stricture, make an appointment with a urologist as soon as possible.
Some of the more common symptoms are:
- A slow or weak urine stream
- Pain with urination
- Reduced urine output
- A urine stream that sprays rather than flows
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Urinary tract infections in men
- Urethral discharge (other than urine)
- Abdominal pain
- Infertility (the inability to conceive a child after a year of trying without contraception)
Urethral Stricture Disease Treatment Options
Treatment for urethral stricture disease will depend upon the location and length of the scar and the severity of the scar tissue.
Treatments may include:
- Dilation (this rarely leads to a cure and often has to be repeated)
- Urethral stent
- Open / traditional urethral reconstruction surgery
- Anastomotic procedures
- Substitution procedures, like free graft, skin flap and staged procedures
When you see an Aurora urology specialist for symptoms that may be related to a urethral stricture, he or she will talk with you about your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and order diagnostic tests before making a diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation With a Urology Specialist?
To schedule a consultation or appointment with a urology specialist at Aurora, call one of the urology offices directly. View the list of Aurora urologists.