NYU Langone urologists are pioneers in the treatment of ureteral stricture, a narrowing of the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Our experts treat people from all over the country. Using the most advanced robotic and endoscopic techniques, they manage even the most complex ureteral strictures, including ureteropelvic junction, or UPJ, obstruction, the most common form. They tailor care based on the location and cause of the stricture, identifying the most effective surgical procedures to alleviate your symptoms.
Our surgeons currently have the largest published series of literature on the treatment of UPJ obstruction and ureteral strictures in adults in the world. For more than a decade, they have been using robotic surgery to manage ureteral strictures and were the first to publish information about the robotic procedures ureterolysis and ureterocalicostomy. They also pioneered the use of enhanced imaging techniques during surgery, as well as techniques using the inner cheek to rebuild ureters robotically.
Treatment for ureteral stricture may include surgical implantation of a stent to open the narrowed section of the ureter or minimally invasive robotic surgery to reconstruct the urinary tract. The goal is to fix the stricture permanently and avoid the long term use of stents, whenever possible.