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 th...
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.
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...
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 minimally invasive treatment, and the stricture is normalised with a laser, and no incisions or cuts are made.
Steps to take before the surgery
Diagnostic tests will be conducted to confirm, and later determine the length and severity of the stricture. Initial tests include measurement of urine discharge, testing chemical properties of urine (for traces of bacteria or blood), Cystoscopy, and measurement of the urethra. X-ray tests or ultrasounds are done to clinically evaluate the stricture.
What happens during the procedure?
During this procedure, the doctor will insert a cystoscope (a thin optical device) into the urethra. Some surgical instruments are inserted through the cystoscope into the urethra to removes the stricture or vaporise it with a laser.
After the procedure
You will be instructed by our doctor at Medanta on how to monitor for signs of infection and take proper care of the urinary drainage system. You may also be prescribed a few antibiotics, and might be asked to limit your physical activities.
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