Direct vision internal urethrotomy (DVIU) is a surgery to repair a narrowed section of the urethra. This is referred to as a stricture. The urethra is the tube through which urine passes from the bladder to the outside of the body.

Urethral stricture is due to scarring of the urethra. This scarring may be caused by infection or injury. DVIU cuts through the scar tissue and opens the urethra.

Male Urethra
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Urethral stricture can result in:

  • Prostate problems in men
  • Infections of the bladder, ureters, which are tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to bladder, or kidneys
  • Inability to urinate or empty the bladder completely