Urethral dilation is a simple medical procedure usually performed in a doctor's office to dilate, or stretch, the urethra, the tube leading from the bladder that passes urine. This medical procedure is normally performed by a physician who specializes in urology. Stricture, or narrowing of the tube, can inhibit the flow of urine and cause serious health problems. More common in males than in females, urethral dilation can also be performed at home by the patient with proper training. Urethral strictures can result from scarring due to injury, repeated inflammation, a history of sexually transmitted diseases, or from trauma after the insertion of an instrument such as a cystoscope or catheter. In addition to treating urethral strictures, urethral dilation also is used in the treatment of urge incontinence and meatal stenosis, or narrowing of the bladder opening. Urethral strictures can also be caused by congenital defects from birth or a tumor pressing on the urethra, although these instances are rare. The urethral dilation is accomplished in stages. A tiny instrument, known as a filiform, is lubricated and passed through the urethra. Local anesthesia may be used. The process is then repeated with graduating sizes of sounds or dilators, until the passage is determined to be open enough to easily pass the urinary stream. Urethral dilation is usually performed in several sessions in the physician's office, and no hospital stay is required.
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