What is urethroplasty?
Urethroplasty is a surgical procedure performed to repair or reconstruct the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the external urinary opening (meatus) through which urine is expelled from the body. This surgery is usually required when the urethra becomes damaged, narrowed (urethral stricture), or blocked due to various reasons.
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How long does the urethroplasty procedure take?
The duration of the urethroplasty procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the stricture and the specific technique used, but it typically takes a few hours.
What is the recovery period like after urethroplasty?
The recovery period after urethroplasty varies from person to person, but patients may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after the surgery. It can take several weeks to months for a full recovery.
How do I prepare for a urethroplasty?
Your urologist will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, which may include dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and stopping certain medications.
Will I need a catheter after urethroplasty?
Yes, after urethroplasty, a catheter is usually placed to help drain urine from the bladder while the surgical site heals. The duration of catheterization will depend on the type of surgery and the surgeon's preference.
Is urethroplasty performed under anesthesia?
Yes, urethroplasty is performed under general anesthesia, which means the patient will be unconscious during the surgery.
Can urethroplasty be performed on all types of strictures?
Urethroplasty is generally recommended for longer or complex strictures that cannot be adequately addressed with less invasive treatments. Shorter strictures may respond well to dilation or DVIU.
What causes urethral strictures?
Urethral strictures can be caused by inflammation, injury, infection, previous surgery, or congenital conditions.