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Operations: Excision and diathermy of urethral caruncle

Insurance code: M5580 and M5882

Introduction: This information is written by John Fairbank and is provided for the benefit of his patients. Additional information will be given during consultation in the clinic and during the pre-operative discussion. It is not appropriate for all surgeons’ individual practice or for all patients.

Purpose of operation: Surgical removal or diathermy of a urethral caruncle is a simple day case procedure. It is usually carried out to treat a small tender herniation at the end of the female urethra.

Description of procedure: The tender inflamed tissue at the end of the urethra is either removed surgically with sharp scissors and sutured with very fine stitches or cauterised with a hot diathermy ball and allowed to heal.

Anaesthetic: General

Length of stay: Day case or overnight stay depending on personal preference of the patient.

Potential complications. Complications are rare. It is sometime difficult to pass urine and a catheter is rarely required. Bleeding and infection are uncommon.

Post-operative consultation: A post-operative review at anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months may be suggested depending on the indication for the surgery and the immediate post-operative course. Any post-operative problems should be reported to the GP or to Mr Fairbank as discussed during the post-operative period.

Relevant websites

Description of a urethral caruncle