Dilatation means making something wider. Urethral dilatation may be needed if the urethra is narrowed (urethral stricture) which makes it difficult for urine to flow.
Urethral dilatation is a surgical procedure that is performed by a urologist. The procedure involves using instruments inserted into the urethra that stretch the area that is narrowed. Once the area is dilated, urine flows more easily.
There are risks associated with any surgical procedure and these should be discussed with your surgeon before you give consent.
Complications may include:
- The need for a short-term catheter
- The need for repeated dilatation
- The formation of a false passage.