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Urethral Injuries

Treatment of urethral injuries can be complex and depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Severity and location of injury
  • Patient's health
  • Whether any other injuries are present

In some cases, emergency surgical repair is recommended, but should be limited to select cases. As a general rule, initial suprapubic cystostomy, which involves placing a catheter in the bladder through the lower abdomen, is the safest and simplest option.

Once the urethra has begun to heal, your doctor will reassess your injury and develop a definitive treatment plan. Reconstructive surgery or the placement of a urethral or suprapubic catheter, which is a tube inserted into the bladder to help drain urine, may be recommended. At UCSF Medical Center, patients who undergo reconstructive surgery have a high success rate for urethral function and cosmetic appearance.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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