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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.
You are usually hospitalized for 2 to 3 days. Complete recovery typically requires 3 to 4 weeks.
This surgery may be done for:
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.footnote 1
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) (What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
Citations 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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS – Urology, Oncology
Current as ofMarch 14, 2017
Current as of: March 14, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS – Urology, Oncology