Urethral slitting (urethrotomia interna) is performed endoscopically and is the most commonly used procedure for urethral strictures.1In this method, an incision is made in the stricture with the aim of achieving a larger lumen of the urethra..
After this procedure, scarring occurs at the edges of the incision. In addition, part of the healthy tissue is always injured, which extends the length of a recurrence gene with each procedure. According to various studies, recurrence rates range from 60% to 100%.2,3,4 Depending on the number of previous surgeries and the length of the stricture, the probability of success of this procedure varies. Santucci u. Eisenberg (2010)5 analyzed data from 76 patients who underwent urethrotomy. Unfortunately, in 8% of cases, no recurrent stenosis occurred after initial slitting.
On average, recurrence occurred seven months postintervention. Furthermore, the authors demonstrate the very low efficacy of multiple urethrotomies. After the second procedure, recurrence of stricture occurred in 94% of cases and after more than three procedures in 100% of patients. This means that continuous and lifelong treatment of recurrences can be assumed in almost all patients. Furthermore, multiple urethrotomies decrease the chances of long-term cure of the condition with the help of other treatments.6,7 The most favorable prognosis is for short strictures less than 1.5 cm in length that are slit for the first time.8
Thus, although endoscopic slitting is one of the simplest procedures, it is also one of those associated with the most frequent recurrences. Therefore, permanent elimination of the stricture cannot be achieved by urethrotomies in most cases, but only by reconstructive surgery.9,10
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