Prostatectomy – Explained By Dr. Elist
Prostatectomy is surgery that removes all or part of a man’s prostate. Sometimes this procedure is done because of an enlarged prostate which is called BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) but sometimes through abnormalities such as a tumor, or from other causes, can restrict the normal flow of urine along the urethra, causing discomfort and difficulty voiding. Early preventive medical intervention with medications such as finasteride may forestall urinary restriction, making surgery unnecessary.
The procedure can be done as Open Prostatectomy or TURP (transurethral resection of prostate) or Laser ablation of prostate.
If removal of the prostate gland is total (radical prostatectomy) for cancer of prostate, it may cause urinary incontinence or impotence.
Doctors can often save the nerves going to the penis. An erection may still be possible.
Talk to your doctor before surgery regarding possible risks and complication of this and other surgeries.