Urethral Strictures

Strictures of the urethra are caused by abnormal scar tissue deposition that causes narrowing and blockage of the urethra making it difficult to urinate. Traditionally, strictures have been treated with dilation or cystoscopy with scar incision but these approaches are associated with a high recurrence rate of the original stricture. For people with long complex strictures or who have failed a prior stricture treatment, reconstructive surgery with a urethroplasty remains a good option. During urethroplasty, the urethra is carefully reconstructed sometimes utilizing local tissue or a tissue graft such that the stricture does not return.