How is meatal stenosis treated?

In some cases a steroid cream may be applied to the meatus.

In most cases, a surgery called meatotomy is the best treatment. It involves cutting apart the stuck part of the meatus so that the opening is made bigger. Following this surgery it is rare for meatal stenosis to return.

One other possible treatment is to try to stretch the opening of the meatus wider. However, this has the possible side effect of tearing the skin, which could lead to the formation of scar tissue that would make the opening even narrower.

What can be expected after treatment for meatal stenosis?

After meatotomy, pain killers and warm baths may be taken to reduce discomfort. Bleeding is not common and can usually be controlled by pressing a bandage on the affected area.

Recovery time is about one to two days but spreading petroleum jelly or an ointment on the surgical area several times a day for one to two weeks can help the wound heal faster.

What are possible complications of untreated meatal stenosis?

There is a wide variety of opinion about the effects of untreated meatal stenosis on the health of the urinary system. Some researchers believe the condition can lead to urinary tract infections, kidney problems, involuntary urination, or backflow of urine. Others doubt that these problems can result from stenosis alone and caution against meatotomy based only on the appearance of the meatus.

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