Urethral dilatation is the procedure of dilating the stricture with metal /Teflon dilators. Urethral dilatation is a temporary measure and not a permanent solution for stricture urethra.
Repeated dilatation leads to further damage to urethral mucosa and increase in length and density of stricture urethra.
Indications for urethral dilatation:
Urethral dilatation can be performed under vision also which is bit safe.
Self catheterization is a procedure where a patient inserts a catheter (tube) into his urethra periodically in attempt to prevent stricture recurrence, using the catheter as dilating instrument.