Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU)

What is Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU)?

Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU) is used to treat urethral strictures, a medical condition when the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder) becomes narrow. In this surgical process, the body tissues in the urethra are removed, to release it. 

How does Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU) help?

The surgical process normalises the urine flow, after releasing the urethra. The patients do not experience any kind of difficulty in urinating, after this procedure. It is a mi...

How is Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU) done?

What are the benefits and risks of Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU) procedure?

The surgery has revolutionised the world of medical procedure, but as any other surgical process, it also has a few risks associated with it.

The advantages of the Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU) surgery are:

  • Faster recovery.
  • Minimal scarring.
  • Less risk of infection.

The risks associated with the Optical Internal Urethrotomy (OIU) surgery are:

  • The risk of infection in the urinary tract and at the site of the operation.
  • Wound dehiscence.
  • Recurrence of urethral stricture.
  • Excessive bleeding.

There is always a risk of recurrence, and therefore, a subsequent surgery is required. A patient may also require the support of self- catheterization. A catheter has to be fitted every time when a patient needs to urinate.

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