Urethral Stenting for Transitional Cell Carcinoma
Transitional Cell Carcinoma is a cancer of the bladder and urethra in which the tumor
grows and eventually blocks the flow of urine. This
urinary obstruction quickly becomes a life-threatening emergency. Because of the location of the cancer and its ability to spread, surgical removal is usually not advised or impossible. Urethral stents provide a new non-surgical approach to alleviating this blockage. In this procedure we utilize fluoroscopy, a special x-ray machine that gives TV like moving images, to insert a stent through the urethra and place it so that it pushes the obstructing cancer out of the way. This can provide pets with a longer more comfortable life. Although the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, it is minimally invasive and does not require surgery.
If you have a pet you wish to be evaluated for Urethral Stenting, please contact our urology/nephrology team at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine at (225) 578-9600.