Pronounced: Ur-Re-Thrul Di-Lay-Shun
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
The urethra is a tube that passes urine out of the body. Urethral dilation opens a narrow urethra.
Reasons for Procedure
This procedure is done to allow urine to pass in people with:
These problems are more common in men.
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
Smoking can make problems worse and slow healing. Quitting before surgery can improve recovery.
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
You will need to:
You may be given anesthesia:
Description of the Procedure
The urethra will be numbed. One of 2 methods will be used to widen the urethra:
The tools will be removed. A tube may be placed to help urine pass while you heal.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain. There may be discomfort when tools are first put in. You may also have some discomfort when you pass urine in the next few days.
At the Care Center
You may be given pain medicine.
Most will return to normal activity by the next day.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Urology Care Foundation
Canadian Urological Association
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Urethral strictures. Beaumont website. Available at: https://www.beaumont.org/conditions/urethral-strictures. Accessed July 26, 2019.
What is meatal stenosis? Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/meatal-stenosis. Accessed July 26, 2019.
What is urethral stricture? Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/urethral-stricture-disease#Dilation. Accessed July 26, 2019.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 9/24/2019
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