I have a urethral stricture (see My Urethral Stricture) that has plagued me for over about 2 years now. In January, 2013, I could no longer urinate, so I had a suprapubic catheter put in.
I really would like to believe in magic, and I have an open mind regarding the mind-body connection and/or certain homeopathic treatments for certain things. Unfortunately (hint; sarcasm alert), I am too steeped in the scientific method to give anything credence which cannot be back up by evidence and/or cannot be replicated.
So when I read an article about homepathic treatments for a urethral stricture, I was a bit angry. Mainly that is because it gives false hope to those who are suffering from this debilitating medical issue, there is no evidence that any homepathic treatment for this is effective.
The article I refer to not only suggests that a stricture can be treated homepathically, but also states that surgical options will NOT work permanently. O—M—G! This is simply not true. Are there cases where a urethral stricture can recur? Of course, depending on the severity of the original problem and the treatment applied.
But there are 3 major types of surgery that can be done. The least invasive, dilation (widening without cutting) of the urethra, has an extremely low success rate and yes, will require a redos regularly, most likely. But the other two options – urethrotomy and urethroplasty, offer better rates of success.
Urethrotomy is basically cutting the scar tissue with a tiny knife at the end of a scope and widening the urethra. This has a permanent success rate of about 33%. Most folks will need a redo.
Urethroplasty (there are 3 types of this surgery) involves opening the urethra surgically in increasing levels of invasiveness, depending on the length and placement of the stricture. The success rate of this type of surgery is over 80%.
I don’t yet know what type of treatment I will receive (update as of May 26th: I had a diagnostic surgery where they scoped up and down [urethrography] – see https://livingwithacatheter.com/results-of-my-combined-antegrade-and-retrograde-urethrogram/ – to pinpoint the location and length of the stricture. Because my was small, I know I am a candidate for the end-to-end anastomosis, which is the least gruesome of the urethroplasties, mainly because it doesn’t require any tissue grafts. I’ll find out more on June 3rd.) I will , but one thing is certain. I will not rely on any homepathic remedy, at least not as my sole treatment. Like I said, I’m not against believing in homepathic treatments, but please, please, please – like they say on CSI, follow the evidence.
The article that caused me to write this is here: https://ezinearticles.com/?Urethral-Stricture-Cure-With-Homeopathy&id=7427847