Congenital and acquired obstruction of the urinary tracts are conditions that can affect the normal flow of urine in the body.
Congenital Obstruction: Congenital means “present at birth”. Congenital obstruction of the urinary tracts is a condition where a blockage or narrowing in the urinary system occurs when a fetus is developing. It can affect various parts of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), or the urethra (tube that carries urine out of the body). This obstruction can interfere with the normal flow of urine, leading to problems with kidney function and potentially causing urinary tract infections or other complications.
Acquired Obstruction: Acquired obstruction of the urinary tracts refers to a blockage or narrowing that develops after birth. It can occur due to various factors, such as kidney stones, tumors, urinary tract infections, or scar tissue from previous surgeries or injuries. Acquired obstruction can affect any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Similar to congenital obstruction, it can disrupt the normal flow of urine and cause symptoms like pain, urinary tract infections, or kidney problems.
Treatments for either congenital or acquired obstruction of the urinary tracts could include drainage procedures to help take urine from the body and give you temporary relief. Surgery will also likely be needed to remove, repair, or bypass the obstruction. Physicians at Augusta Urology Associates will work with you to find out what is causing your obstruction and then determine the best surgical approach.