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Meatal Stenosis

Meatal stenosis is a narrowing of the urethral opening (at the tip of the penis where urine comes out). In certain cases of meatal stenosis, the urine stream may be slow or aim upwards due to the small urethral opening.  Most commonly, meatal stenosis occurs in boys who have had a circumcision and is thought to be from irritation to the tip of the penis.


At Lurie Children’s, the Division of Urology treats meatal stenosis. Depending on the severity, our experienced urologic surgeons may recommend a surgical correction of the narrowed urethral opening, allowing for normal urine flow.  The procedure, called a meatotomy (or meatoplasty) is a brief outpatient procedure done usually done under general anesthesia.

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If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our Division of Urology specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.