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  • How I Do It: The Optilume drug-coated balloon for urethral strictures

    Elterman S. Dean, Coutinho Karl, Hagedorn C. Judith, MD Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Urethral stricture disease can be difficult to treat and stricture recurrence is common. The management of stricture disease has evolved and urethroplasty can achieve a high rate of lasting urethral patency. Nevertheless, endoscopic treatments still seem to have sub-optimal outcomes with high stricture recurrence rates. The Optilume drug-coated balloon represents a step forward in the endoscopic management of urethral strictures. The drug-coated balloon may offer an intermediate step prior to repeated dilations, urethrostomies, or urethroplasty. This treatment modality is a promising alternative to current endoscopic management and an option for patients that are poor surgical candidates or decline urethroplasty.

    Keywords: urethral stricture, urethral dilation, drug-coated balloon,

    Aug 2020 (Vol. 27, Issue 4 , Page 10322)
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August 2020, Vol.27 No.4
canadian journal of urology