FAQ - Urethral Stricture
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Does anyone know the worst case scenario of Urethral Stricture?

If urethral stricture is severe and continues over a long period of time kidney failure may result  (+ info)

reduced pleasure from urethral stricture?

I have urethral stricture and i cant seem to have an orgasm when i was younger i stopped myself by choice but now i can't i'm ready to have a family and settle down but i just can't and i've tried everything under the sun for more pleasure but sex in general doesn't feel as good as it use to and i was wondering if it had to do with me having urethral stricture also i haven't yet gotten it fixed

I would seriously recommend for you to see your general practitioner or urologist as soon as possible. I don't know how serious this condition is or could become but it can only help ny seeing a doctor. Don't let embarrassment get in the way.  (+ info)

Causes of a Urethral Stricture?

ok, 2 part question... 1) what is the most common cause of Urethral strictures? and 2) (more of a personal question) one time, i was masturbating, but my finger got caught on a piece of skin and it was bleeding in my urethra... could that cause a urethral stricture?

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what is the symptoms of an urethral stricture?

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Why can urethral tears heal with a catheter but urethral stricture requires surgery and other measures?

It crossed my mind ya know when your thinkin bout random stuff..Johnny knoxville from mtv's "jackass" show hurt is penis his urethra in the video it shows him bleeding from his penis its that bad a few weeks later hes ok they say it was a "urethral tear" and they inserted a catheter so it can heal..and he said him and his girlfriend now continue there sex life and all functions are normal down there.heres my question whats the difference between "urethral tear" and "urethral stricture" and why is urethral tear easily treated but urethral stricture is so difficult to fix in a male? alright well thanks in advance.

A tear will heal faster a catheter is used to keep urine from the area. In the case of a bad tear, urine may actually leak into the surrounding tissue and cause major issues.

A stricture is a narrowing in the urethra that prevents the normal flow of urine. The bladder isn't emptying completely, and that can lead to really serious health complications. The narrow area has to be enlarged surgically. A catheter might help temporarily, but only if the urethra is large enough to allow it to pass. It can be quite painful, no man ever forgets the first time he undergoes that procedure.  (+ info)

treatment for urethral stricture?

Have undergone a couple of Urethroplasties ( both end to end anastamosis and buccal mucosal ) and both have not provided me any relief. Can anyone suggest a possible remedy. Have been suffering from this for the last 10 years.

its treatment is by periodic dilatation of the urethra using sound,urethrotomy or urethroplasty...  (+ info)

incontinence (dribbling) after circumcision--urethral stricture?

i had a problem of post-void dribbling. i also had phimosis. my urologist said that circumcision would help get rid of the post void dribbling.

so i got the surgery done and now i'm dribbling urine all day long and not just post void. its been about three days. do you think it could be urethral stricture or some type of inflammation? urine stream is a bit weaker too.

what do you think it is and will it go away on its own? anyone have experience with this or have an idea?

thanks a lot
well he said phimosis could cause post void dribbling. i know a lot of males have post void dribbling, but typically not at my age (20's).
thanks for all the feedback. appreciate it.

For an adult 3 days post circumcision I'd give it more time before being too concerned. A baby would have healed by now but an adults body can take a while to settle down. However it is possible that it is due to urethral stricture. There are a number of possible causes for overflow incontinence so it is hard to give an easy answer. It could be from medication, an enlarged prostrate, etc.

That must be awkward. You have lost the phimosis but the dribbling is worse.

On the other hand as incontinence would be so unpleasant I'd suggest telephoning your urologist and getting their opinion and examination if applicable. They know your penis a lot better than we do. If they don't think it warrants further examination then at least you can have the peace of mind that it will soon be gone. It might be that the urologist was overly optimistic in expecting an easy fix for both of your problems and might need to dig deeper. One way or another they are the best person to work out what is wrong.

PS. Anti-circumcision activists will probably soon overrun this and scare you into thinking it will hamper your sexual function. You will soon see for yourself whether it affects sexual function but in the meantime hang in there and please don't worry about the comments that it hampers you sexually. Once you heal you can then take SteveX's approach and give personal testimony. I have never known a late circumcised person say anything other than it is better. Research clearly shows that it doesn't alter sexual function and if phimosis has previously created problems with sex it will just be better. The assertion it does hamper your sexuality is an anti-circ myth.

There is a significant anti-circumcision movement primarily involving gay males who like to insert the head of their penis into each other's foreskin. That is called docking. They will tell people anything and are very active on the net. They will soon give me enough thumbs down to hide my post for saying this. Just be aware that they are out there and don't worry. In a few weeks you will know from personal experience that what they are saying is bunk. Please don't stress in the meantime.

I also note that phimosis is one of the most common indicia for circumcision (together with balanoposthitis and balanitis xerotica obliterans) contrary to what Connor states.  (+ info)

do urethral strictures heal on their own?

i just got done passing a kidney stone a couple weeks ago and the ER bill from that is $3,400 from the CT scan... and i have all the symptoms and pain of a urethral stricture probly caused by the stone passing... does it repair itself or is there something i can do without incurring further medical bills?
i just got done an antibiotic because the stone messed up my ureter and it was infected.

it'll heal on it's own, albeit very slowly. antibiotics will no doubt help, maybe suck it up and add a couple hundred to the medical bill...  (+ info)

What's the best treatment for urethral strictures?

I had urethral strictures, and had my first minor operation using dilatation. A metal tube is inserted my penile opening to widen the urethra. Can this cure urethral strictures? my doctor said that urethral strictures are recurring, and that I have to do this every year to keep it widened.
Please let me know if there is big hope for no-recurring strictures in the future. Refer me a website please.


You just said the doctor told you this will need to be done once a year that should tell you there is not a big hope it will not recur. If you don’t believe him get another opinion.  (+ info)

could i have a urethral stricture?

hello first i have NO stds, ive had this thing where in one certain part of my penis (base of shaft slighty to the right) has been really sore.Its been off in on for a few months..lately it seems like some urine is leaking out into my penis ..it will be sore in the one spot then somtimes it will affect the rest of the shaft in a burning sore feeling..seems like it is sore most of the time...cud this be a stricture?im thinking no because i havent done anything for a "stricture".but i could be wrong.what do you think?

You dont have to worry, it is psychological problem which makes you feel like this,

you dont have urthral stricture. If you still feel scared read the following instructions

Urethral stricture may be caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease, or injury. It may also be caused by pressure from an enlarging tumor near the urethra, but it is very rare.


* Blood in the semen
* Bloody or dark urine
* Decreased urine output
* Difficulty urinating
* Discharge from the urethra
* Frequent or urgent urination
* Inability to urinate (urinary retention)
* Incontinence
* Painful urination (dysuria)
* Pain in the lower abdomen
* Pelvic pain
* Slow urine stream (may develop suddenly or gradually)
* Spraying of urine stream
* Swelling of the penis

Exams and Tests

A physical examination may show the following:

* Decreased urinary stream
* Discharge from the urethra
* Enlarged (distended) bladder
* Enlarged or tender lymph nodes in the groin (inguinal) area
* Enlarged or tender prostate
* Hardness (induration) on the under surface of the penis
* Redness or swelling of the penis

Sometimes the exam reveals no abnormalities.

Tests include the following:

* Cystoscopy
* Post-void residual (PVR) volume
* Retrograde urethrogram
* Tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea
* Urinalysis
* Urinary flow rate
* Urine culture


The urethra may be widened (dilated) during cystoscopy by inserting a thin instrument to stretch the urethra while you are under local anesthesia. You may be able to treat your stricture by learning to dilate the urethra at home.

If urethral dilation is not possible, you may need surgery to correct the condition. Surgical options depend on the location and length of the stricture. If the stricture is short and not near the urinary sphincter, options include cutting the stricture via cystoscopy or inserting a dilating device.

An open urethroplasty may be done for longer strictures. This surgery removes the diseased part or replaces it with other tissue. The results vary depending on the size and location, the number of treatments you have had, and the surgeon's experience.

In cases of acute urinary retention, a suprapubic catheter may be placed as an emergency treatment. This allows the bladder to drain through the abdomen.

There are currently no drug treatments for this disease. If all else fails, a urinary diversion -- appendicovesicostomy (Mitrofanoff procedure) -- may be done. This allows you to perform self-catheterization of the bladder through the wall of the abdomen.
Outlook (Prognosis)

Treatment usually results in an excellent outcome. However, repeated therapies may be needed to remove the scar tissue.
Possible Complications

Urethral stricture may totally block urine flow, causing acute urinary retention. This condition must be treated quickly.
When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if symptoms of urethral stricture occur.

Practicing safer-sex behaviors may decrease the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases and urethral stricture.

Treating urethral stricture quickly may prevent complications such as kidney or bladder infection or injury.

Jordan GH, Schlossberg SM. Surgery of the Penis and Urethra. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 33.

Frenkl T, Potts J. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 11.  (+ info)

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