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Prostate removal surgery (also known as Prostatectomy) is the removal of all or part of the prostate. The prostate gland is an organ at the base of the bladder, surrounding the urethra, in men. When the gland becomes enlarged, the prostate can compress the urethra, causing problems with urination. The removal of the prostate gland can be done in different ways, depending on the size of the prostate and the cause of the enlargement. The most common prostate removal surgical procedures are: transurethral resection of the prostate, open prostatectomy, or transurethral incision of the prostate....more »
Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Prostate Removal Surgery include:
What is Prostate Removal Surgery? The prostate gland is an organ at the base of the bladder in men and its primary function is to help produce part of the fluid that makes up semen. Prostate removal surgery involves removing a portion of the gland or the whole gland through laparoscopy, abdominal incision or a combination of the two techniques:
Who are candidates for Prostate Removal Surgery? Prostate removal may be recommended for:
What are alternatives to Prostate Removal Surgery? There are a variety of alternative treatments available depending on the condition. These include medications to improve urination, intermittent catherization (temporary placement of a catheter to remove urine from the body), transurethral surgeries, and bladder training....more »
How do you prepare for Prostate Removal Surgery? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.
It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:
What is the Prostate Removal Surgery recovery process? You will be in the hospital for two to four days and a catheter (a thin flexible tube) will be left in your bladder to help drain your urine for one to three weeks. You may have pain, burning with urination, blood in the urine, urinary frequency, and an urgency to urinate. Recovery will take up to three weeks.
The following is recommended for a smooth recovery:
Some men experience complications such as incontinence and impotence. If prostatectomy was performed to remove cancer, you will have regular follow-up with your doctor which may include regular biopsies, rectal exams and prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests....more »
What is the cost of Prostate Removal Surgery? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.
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Where can I find a Prostate Removal Surgery doctor or surgeon? Prostate Removal Surgery is typically performed by doctors specializing in Urology. Nationally, there are 11022 practicing Urologists. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Prostate Removal Surgery doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
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