Treatment of this condition is by surgery, called a meatoplasty. The meatus is opened or widened by making an incision below the meatus. This can be done in the operating room under general anesthesia. It may also be done using a local anesthetic in the office.
If done in the operating room, it involves making an incision in the urethral opening and placing 3 dissolvable sutures around the meatus. If done in the office, the surgeon makes a small incision into the meatus, but does not place any sutures.
If the narrowed opening is not fixed, it can become increasingly difficult to urinate, cause urinary tract infections, and swollen kidneys.