Urethroplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat urethral strictures, which are narrowings or blockages in the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. During the procedure, a surgeon removes the affected area of the urethra and reconstructs it using healthy tissue from another part of the body or a synthetic graft.
The procedure is performed under general or spinal anesthesia and typically takes 2-4 hours to complete. The surgeon makes an incision in the penis or scrotum and removes the affected area of the urethra. The healthy tissue or graft is then used to reconstruct the urethra. The patient is usually able to go home the same day or the following day.
Urethroplasty is a safe and effective treatment option for urethral strictures, with a high success rate in restoring normal urine flow. However, like any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications, which should be discussed with a healthcare provider.