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Prostate Removal Surgery

Prostate Removal Surgery: Introduction

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 »

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Prostate Removal Surgery: Related Terms

Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Prostate Removal Surgery include:

Prostate Removal Surgery: Overview

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:

  • Open surgery - an incision is made in the lower belly or between the anus and the penis to remove the whole prostate or a portion of it.
  • Laparoscopic surgery - several small incisions are made in the belly and a lighted instrument with a camera on the end is inserted into one of the incisions. Another instrument is inserted to remove the prostate and surrounding tissue.
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Profile: Patient Candidates for Prostate Removal Surgery

Who are candidates for Prostate Removal Surgery? Prostate removal may be recommended for:

  • Inability to completely empty the bladder (urinary retention)
  • Recurrent bleeding from the prostate
  • Bladder stones with prostate enlargement
  • Extremely slow urination
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) - enlarged prostate gland
  • Prostate cancer
  • Increased pressure on the ureters and kidneys (hydronephrosis) from urinary retention
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Prostate Removal Surgery: Treatment Options

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 »

Prostate Removal Surgery: Preparing for Surgery

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:

  • Completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery. You may be requested to drink clear liquids only for one or several days prior to surgery.
  • Stop eating or drinking after midnight the night before the operation except medications that your doctor has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
  • Plan for your care and recovery after the operation. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. Allow for time to rest and try to find people to help you with your day-to-day duties.
  • Stop smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery as smoking delays wound healing. Smokers are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery.
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Prostate Removal Surgery: Recovery After Surgery

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:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to help flush fluids through the bladder.
  • Avoid coffee, cola drinks, and alcoholic beverages as these can cause irritation of the bladder and urethra.
  • Do not lift heavy objects for three to four weeks.
  • Use a stool softener to help prevent constipation.

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 »

Prostate Removal Surgery: Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Prostate Removal Surgery? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

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.

The detailed cost estimate for Prostate Removal Surgery, includes costs for:

  • Prostate removal using cystoscope
  • Removal of prostate in two stages
  • Removal of residue prostate material after 90 days, or regrowth after one year
  • Laser treatment to destroy excess prostate cells
  • Prostate removal through incision between the scrotum and rectum
  • Prostate removal through incision between the scrotum and rectum for cancer, with/without lymph node biopsy or removal
  • Prostate removal through abdominal incision
  • Prostate removal through abdominal incision for cancer, with/without lymph node biopsy or removal
  • Placement of needles in prostate to reduce prostate size
  • Laparoscopic removal of the prostate
  • and Freezing and/or placement of radiation seeds in the prostate to destroy the abnormal cells.

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Prostate Removal Surgery: Find a Surgeon or Specialist

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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