Simple Prostatectomy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Surgery Overview

Simple prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate. This surgery removes much of the prostate, but it may or may not remove all of the prostate. It may be done as an open surgery, a laparoscopic surgery, or as a laparoscopic surgery with robotic assistance.

Simple prostatectomy is not done very often for benign enlargement of the prostate. It may be recommended if:

  • You have a very large prostate.
  • You have bladder diverticula (pouches in the wall of the bladder) or bladder stones.
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is not possible for another reason.

What To Expect

Simple prostatectomy may require spending one or more days in the hospital. You may go home with a urinary catheter in place. Your doctor will give you instructions about how to care for your catheter at home.

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Why It Is Done

Simple prostatectomy usually is used for men who want surgery to treat their benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms and who have very enlarged prostates.

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How Well It Works

Simple prostatectomy almost always improves symptoms.

Risks

The risks of simple prostatectomy include:

  • The possible need for a blood transfusion.
  • Ejaculation of semen into the bladder instead of out through the penis (retrograde ejaculation).
  • An inability to have sexual intercourse because of erection problems.
  • A strong urge to urinate, which can also cause leaking of urine. This usually gets better within weeks or months.
  • Complete or partial inability to hold back urine (incontinence).

Credits

Current as of: February 10, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
J. Curtis Nickel MD, FRCSC - Urology