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How I Do It: The Optilume drug-coated balloon for urethral strictures
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aug  2020 (Vol.  27, Issue  4, Pages( 10322 - 10328)
PMID: 32861260


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  • 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.