A treatment is usually given in order to prevent further complications. It also aims to stabilize the urine flow and deal with the uncomfortable symptoms.
A thin rod or boogie is passed into the urethra. Rods are inserted gradually, and each time the rod is inserted, the thickness is slightly increased so that the constricted urethra can dilate. Though the stricture may dilate when the rod is inserted, it tends to constrict when it is removed. As a result, this process needs to be repeated often whenever the symptoms appear again. Sometimes, patients may be given a catheter (self-lubricating tube) which they constantly insert on their own in order to prevent the stricture from narrowing. The dilation procedure works best if the stricture is shorter. The process itself is easy and it is wise to give it first preference when treating the condition.
Urethroplasty is a surgery that may be used if other procedures have failed. There are many techniques that can be used with the aim of achieving the same result. This makes it a bit flexible. However, it is more of a corrective procedure. The technique used will depend on the specialist treating the patient.
This procedure is great for treating symptoms. This technique either removes or enlarges the narrowed stricture. The surrounding tissue may need to be reconstructed as a result of the procedure. Urethral stricture is unlikely to return after urethroplasty.
A thin telescope is inserted into the urethra to locate where the stricture is. Once it is located, a small knife is used to is directed towards the telescope and used to cut the stricture. Once stricture is cut, the urethra widens again.
This procedure works well in treating the symptoms. There chances of curing patients once and for all using this technique is 50 percent.
However, as time goes on, the stricture may return and constrict the urethra again. This procedure needs to be done from time to time.
A small tube (catheter) is inserted into the bladder and drains the urine. This is normally the first stop when treating urine blockage. Self-catheterization is a highly recommended method of urethral stricture treatment at home if the stricture is not severe.
Antibiotics may be used over a period of time to prevent possible urinary tract infections. The antibiotics are used until the urethral stricture becomes wide enough to allow normal urine flow.