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Transurethral Prostatectomy for Prostatitis

Surgery Overview

This procedure involves removal of part of the prostate gland through the urethra.

A long, thin tube with a viewing instrument (cystoscope) attached is inserted into the urethra. Prostate tissue is removed through the cystoscope.

What To Expect After Surgery

You are usually hospitalized for 2 to 3 days. Complete recovery typically requires 3 to 4 weeks.

Why It Is Done

This surgery may be done for:

How Well It Works

Very few studies have been done to see how well this surgery works for prostatitis. It is not usually recommended as a treatment for prostatitis.1

Risks

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Inability to get or keep an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Retrograde ejaculation. This means that semen flows the wrong way, from the prostate to the bladder rather than from the prostate through the penis.

What To Think About

To eliminate category II (chronic bacterial) prostatitis successfully, the surgery must completely remove the portion of the prostate that contains the infection.

Complete the surgery information form (PDF)surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.

References

Citations

  1. Nickel JC (2012). Prostatitis and related conditions, orchitis, and epididymitis. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 327–356. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Last Revised November 11, 2013

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