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Urethral Dilation

Urethral dilation is a medical procedure used to widen or open a narrowed urethra, the tube-like canal that carries urine from the bladder to the external part of the body. This procedure is necessary due to various medical conditions or issues that can cause narrowing of the urethra and hinder normal urination.

Reasons for undergoing urethral dilation 

Common reasons for this procedure include urethral strictures, which are narrowings or scars in the urethral canal. These strictures can result from infections, trauma, surgical procedures, or other causes. When a urethral stricture forms, it can cause symptoms such as difficulty urinating, pain during urination, or a frequent urge to urinate.


The procedure of urethral dilation is primarily performed using medical instruments inserted through the urethra. These instruments are used to gradually widen narrowed areas of the urethra. Dilation is typically carried out under local anesthesia to reduce discomfort and pain.

Before this procedure, as with any other, it is important for the patient to discuss with their urologist about possible risks, benefits, and alternative treatment options. Following the procedure, patients generally notice improvement in symptoms and relief during urination.

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