INTRODUCTION The ureter is a tubular structure that transports urine made by the kidney into the bladder. Strictures (or narrowing) of the ureter can lead to flank pain, infection, stone formation, and even kidney failure. ANATOMY The ureter for each kidney acts as a conduit, actively transporting urine into the bladder. They are about 3 […]
Reconstructive Urology OverviewReconstructive urology is also known as genitourinary (GU) reconstruction. It is a subspecialty field that specifically manages and treats genitourinary injuries/ailments that affect normal voiding and sexual function. Diseases cared for by reconstructive urologists include urethral strictures and stenoses, ureteral strictures, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, urinary tract fistulas, urinary incontinence, Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction, buried penis, penile cancer, bladder cancer, urethral cancer, genital lymphedema, hidradenitis genital warts or lesions, and gender dysphoria. Procedures performed include urethroplasty, fistula repair, artificial urinary sphincter insertion, penile and testicular implantation, skin/mucosal graft harvesting, buried penis corrective surgery, genital wound coverage, phalloplasty, gender confirmation surgery, pyeloplasty, ureteral reimplantation, ureteral substitution, vesicopsoas hitch, Boari flap, and urinary diversion. - Mang Chen, MD
INTRODUCTION The urethra is a tubular structure that helps transport urine out of the bladder during urination. Patients who have strictures (or narrowing) of their urethra can have significant and bothersome obstructive urinary symptoms which include a weak force of stream, straining during urination, incomplete bladder emptying, and hesitancy (difficulty initiating void). Interestingly, however, most […]
Urethral stricture disease causes significant voiding problems that hinders a patient’s normal way of life. Treatment for patients suffering from this disease varies depending on the type of stricture, the etiology of the stricture, and the patient’s overall health and goals. Surgical reconstruction yields low failure and high satisfaction rates.