An urethrotomy procedure aims to widen a narrow urethra, the tube that drains urine and semen out of the body, usually caused by scar tissue forming after an inflammation, infection or injury and this helps improve the urinary flow.

The procedure is usually performed using general anaesthetic or an epidural as a day-case. The surgeon will pass a micro-telescope into the urethra to ensure accuracy when cutting the urethra to make it wider. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes.


Patients should be able to return to work one or two days following the procedure, but may experience some pain, swelling and rarely an infection post-operatively. An urethrotomy is considered a safe procedure and the consultant will discuss this with you in detail.