Optical Internal Urethrotomy/ Laser OIU in Delhi
Laser OIU in Delhi is a very popular and effective treatment of urethral stricture. In urethral stricture, there is a narrowing of the urethra (the tube through which urine is passed out from the bladder). This narrowing of the urethra is treated by the Optical Internal Urethrotomy or OIU, it is also known as VIU (Visual Internal Urethrotomy. In the normal OIU procedure, the narrow urethral tissue is removed with a knife and in the Laser OIU procedure, the tissue is removed by the ray of thulium laser. Dr. Ashish Saini is one of the most experienced urologists in Delhi for the treatment of urethral stricture by Laser OIU procedure. You can book an appointment with him here.
Laser OIU Procedure
The patient is taken to the operation theatre and the spinal anesthesia is given. After this, a cystoscope/urethrotome is inserted in the urethra and the stricture is assessed with a camera. The tissues blocking the flow of urine in the urethra are visualized and then removed with the help of a Thulium laser instead of a knife. After that, a catheter is placed to ensure the good flow of urine, and the patient is sent to the recovery room. The patient is discharged on the same day after removing the catheter and normal voiding of urine.
What type of Urethral strictures are treated by Laser Urethrotomy
- Short urethral stricture (less than 10 mm length)
- If urethral Stricture happened due to a trauma
- If the stricture occurred due to any prior surgery
- Idiopathic stricture (without any known cause)
Tests Required before the Laser Urethrotomy procedure
- Urine Culture
- Blood Tests
- Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCU)
- Retrograde Urethrogram (RGU)
- Urethroscopy (if required) etc
Benefits of Laser OIU over Knife OIU
- Less Bleeding
- Less time of Hospitalization
- Early catheter Removal
- The patient is discharged on the same day without a catheter
- Recovery rates are high
Still have questions about the Laser OIU procedure, then book an appointment with Dr. Ashish Saini here.