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Understanding Meatotomy (Day Care)

Meatotomy is a surgical procedure performed to enlarge the opening of the urethral meatus (the external opening of the urethra) to improve urinary flow. This procedure is commonly recommended to treat conditions such as meatal stenosis, a narrowing of the urethral meatus, which can cause urinary difficulties or discomfort during urination. Meatotomy is typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day without the need for an overnight hospital stay.

Preparation and Procedure

At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort and safety throughout the meatotomy process. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, the urologist will evaluate the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and the reason for considering meatotomy. The urologist will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure and address any questions or concerns the patient may have.

  2. Preoperative Evaluation: Before the procedure, the patient may undergo urine tests, imaging studies, and other preoperative evaluations to assess overall health and identify any underlying medical conditions that may affect the procedure’s outcome. The patient may also be advised to discontinue certain medications or supplements that could increase the risk of bleeding or other complications during the procedure.

  3. Surgical Procedure: Meatotomy is typically performed in an outpatient setting, either in the urology clinic or a day care facility. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. During the procedure, the urologist makes a small incision or cuts in the tissue surrounding the urethral meatus to enlarge the opening. This allows for improved urinary flow and reduces discomfort during urination. Once the procedure is complete, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures, and a sterile dressing may be applied to the area.

  4. Postoperative Care: After meatotomy, patients are monitored for any signs of complications such as bleeding, infection, or urinary retention. Most patients experience mild discomfort or urinary symptoms such as burning with urination or urgency, which typically resolve within a few days. Pain medications, antibiotics, and instructions for postoperative care may be provided as needed. Patients are usually able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure, although strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for a short period to allow for healing.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Meatotomy (Day Care)?

  1. Urology Expertise: Our team of experienced urologists specializes in minimally invasive urological procedures, including meatotomy, with expertise and precision.

  2. Convenient Day Care Setting: Meatotomy is performed in a day care setting, allowing patients to return home the same day without the need for an overnight hospital stay. This provides convenience and comfort for patients and minimizes disruption to their daily routines.

  3. State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our urology clinics and day care facilities are equipped with advanced technology and equipment to ensure safe and effective meatotomy procedures.

  4. Comprehensive Care: In addition to meatotomy, we offer a wide range of urological services and treatments to address various urological conditions, including kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and prostate disorders.

  5. Patient-Centered Approach: At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Our urologists provide compassionate care and support throughout the meatotomy process, ensuring that patients feel informed and confident in their treatment decisions.

If you’re experiencing urinary difficulties due to meatal stenosis or other conditions and are considering meatotomy, contact Neo TrueNorth today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced urologists.

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