What are the symptoms of urethral obstruction?
The symptoms of urethral obstruction may range from very mild to severe.
- Difficulty initiating urination
- Interrupted and/or weak stream
Pain during urination or foul smelling urine (may also be signs of urinary tract infection)
What are the causes?
Urethral obstruction may be due to scar tissue (following infection, trauma or surgery) or may be a congenital condition. The anatomical lesion producing the obstruction is called a stricture.
The stricture may be situated in all the different regions of the urethra. Depending on the anatomical location of the stricture, it is referred to as a Bulbar, Membranous or Penile stricture.
How is urethral obstruction diagnosed?
A urethral obstruction is diagnosed based on the urinary flow and bladder function as well as visual inspection (cystoscopy).
What are the treatment options?
The first treatment option is usually a small operation, during which the stricture is cut open with a small knife, operated through the same cystoscope used for visual diagnosis of the stricture. After this operation, however, there is a greatly increased risk of recurrent stricture of the urethra, in which case the Memokath™ stent is a good treatment option.