It may be a sensitive topic, but it’s important to discuss urination difficulties with your doctor. Straining to urinate, pain during urination, incomplete emptying of your bladder, or recurrent urinary tract infections may indicate a serious yet treatable urologic condition, including urethral stricture. Urethral strictures are scars of the urethra that block the flow of urine. They typically result from infection, injury, or inflammation and are more common in men than women. Early detection of urethral strictures is recommended to prevent serious kidney problems, recurrent infections, or address male fertility issues.
In the video below, Dr. Jairam Eswara, Division of Urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), explains how urethral strictures are diagnosed and treated. He also talks about the ongoing research at BWH to evaluate the outcomes associated with procedures used to treat urologic diseases, why these diseases occur, and new ways to treat them.