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The urethra is a tube through which urine flows from the kidney to the bladder in the male and female anatomy. In males, the urethra extends from the kidney, through the bladder, and through the penis for excretion of fluid waste. In some cases, this tube becomes blocked, either caused by internal swelling of the bladder or the prostate, or due to other conditions that may cause strictures or blockages in the urethra.
Actually, the urethra is not so much a tube as it is a canal that is made up of various parts, and each part has its own function and anatomical structure. When factoring in surgical considerations, the urologist literally separates these sections or areas of the urethra into parts and subparts, based on that parts function, anatomy, and design.
The urethra is often involved in any form of urethral stricture or penile reconstructive surgery. Prepare to the urethra is often required following prostate issues or surgeries. Penile surgery may involve repair or reconstruction of the penis due to trauma or disease processes, or involve a penile implant, or to correct issues involving male erectile issues.
Common Urethra Surgical Procedures
Some of the most common urethral surgical procedures that treat stricture issues include:
Urethral stricture repair is an approach to repair the urinary strictures that interfere with urination or penile function. Procedures that improve continence in men help deal with loss of urinary control or incontinence due to prostate enlargement, surgery or radiation therapy. Artificial urinary sphincter implants, urethral sling procedures, implants and Botox injections are just a few of the methods to deal with male incontinence.
Penile implant surgery or revision is designed to help individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer or Peyronie's disease retain penile function and shape, and to address male erectile issues, including those caused by Peyronie's disease or curvature of the penis.
Benefits of Urethra and Penile Surgical Procedures
Regaining the function of the urethra and penis for fluid waste of urine as well as sexual function is extremely important for the physical, emotional, and mental health and wellness of men. The ultimate goal is to provide the best results and treatments that meet the emotional and physical needs of the patient, with a focus on restoring physical function.
How Much do Urethra and Penile Surgical Procedures Cost?
The cost of the urethra and or penile surgical procedure depends not only on the condition being treated, but the geographical location of the doctor, the surgeon and the facility, as well as type of equipment or technologies used to treat the issue. For example, in the United States, a procedure classified as transurethral drainage, excision, or removal of an obstruction may average approximately $6,300.
Penile implant surgery can cost upward of $20,000, depending on the type of implant, surgeon’s fees, operating room fees, implant fees, and anesthesia fees. Individuals traveling to other countries around the world, including India, may save between 30% and 50% on such procedures.
Who Performs Urethra and/or Penile Surgical Procedures?
A urologist is a doctor who has specialized in training in branches of surgery to the kidneys, bladder, or urethra, male reproductive organs or pelvic surgery. Choose a surgeon who has undergone basic and comprehensive education in general surgery, who then undergoes additional training in urology, a surgical subspecialty. He or she should be approved to practice in accredited healthcare facilities or hospitals. Specialists should be experienced and knowledgeable regarding specific conditions.
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