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- Simple prostatectomy—This may be done to relieve urinary symptoms from a noncancerous condition like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a non-cancerous growth of the prostate. It can cause problems urinating as it puts pressure on the urethra.
- Radical prostatectomy—This may be done to remove a prostate gland containing cancer .
If you are planning to have a prostatectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Inability to control urinary stream ( incontinence )
- Inability to get an erection ( impotence ) and other sexual difficulties
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs
- Injury to the rectum or other nearby structures
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Chronic or recent illness
- Lung, kidney, liver, or heart disease
- Smoking , alcohol abuse , or drug use
- Use of certain prescription medicines
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including...