Urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra—the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body when we urinate. This thin tube also has a critical role in ejaculation for men. When a scar from swelling, injury, or infection blocks or slows the flow of urine in this tube, it is called a urethral stricture. It is a treatable condition.
Urethral dilation is one of the most common treatment options for urethral strictures performed at Colin Teo Urology.
Urethral strictures are more common in men because of their longer urethra. Strictures can happen at any point from the bladder to the tip of the penis. Some common causes are:
Symptoms of urethral stricture include:
If left untreated, you will continue to have problems with urination. Urinary and testicular infections and stones can develop. The increased urinary retention can also lead to an enlarged bladder and kidney problems.
Non-invasive tests may identify issues emptying the bladder but cannot definitively identify a stricture. Such tests include a uroflowmetry and the measurement of residual volume.
If a urethral stricture is suspected, a cystoscopy (to see inside the urethra and bladder) and a urethrogram (a special imaging procedure) will be ordered.
Depending on the size of the blockage and how much scar tissue is involved, treatments include:
Dr Colin Teo is the Founding Head of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s Urology Department, with years of experience in minimally invasive keyhole surgery, operating with precision surgical techniques. Many fellows have trained under his mentorship. He did a Fellowship in EndoLaparoscopy and Andrology at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, UK and was sponsored for a Senior Healthcare Medical Development Program (HMDP) in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at University of Southern California (USC) Keck Hospital in Los Angeles, USA.
Dr Teo is also the President of the Society for Men’s Health. He performs urethral stricture treatments and provides attentive and personal peri-operative care with his dedicated clinical team to ensure an optimal recovery outcome for his patients.
If you have enquiries about the urethral stricture condition or want to find out more about urethral dilatation and urethrotomy procedures, drop us a note. We will be happy to offer our professional advice. Contact us to book a consultation with Colin Teo Urology today.