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.footnote 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) (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

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS – Urology, Oncology

Current as ofMarch 14, 2017