Urethral Stricture Treatments

Urethral Stricture Treatments

Michael Metro, MD – Treatment for Urethral Stricture

Michael Metro, MD, Director of Reconstructive Urology at Temple University Hospital, explains the symptoms and causes of urethral strictures and how they are diagnosed and treated at Temple.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Metro, call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).

Temple's urologists offer a range of treatments for urethral strictures, including both reconstructive and minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery. These options include:


During this procedure, a Temple urologist inserts a thin wire through the urethra and into the bladder. The surgeon then inserts larger and larger sheathes over the wire, gradually widening the opening of the urethra. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and is particularly beneficial for patients who experience recurring strictures.

Internal Urethrotomy (DIVU)

During this minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, a Temple urologist inserts a tiny camera called a cystoscope into the urethra. Using the camera as a guide, the surgeon then inserts small instruments to surgically remove the stricture or vaporize it with a laser. Because this procedure is minimally invasive, it offers less pain, a faster recovery and a decreased risk of infection. 

Urethral Stent

A stent is an artificial tube inserted into the urethra to ensure that urine flow is maintained. This is the best option for patients with severe strictures who do not wish to undergo major surgery.


This is a type of reconstructive surgery to either remove the affected part of the urethra, or enlarge it so that urine can pass through once again.


During meatotomy, a Temple urologist surgically splits the underside of the head of the penis so that it meets the natural opening at the tip. The surgery significantly widens the urethra allowing urine to flow freely despite a stricture.

Perineal Urethrostomy

During perineal urethrostomy, a Temple surgeon creates a new, permanent exit point for urine in the perineum, the path of skin between the base of the testes and the opening of the anus. The surgery effectively routes urine around a stricture, restoring normal flow and preventing urine buildup.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple urologist, click here or call
1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).