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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Prostatectomy?

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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 .

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a prostatectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Inability to control urinary stream ( incontinence )
  • Inability to get an erection ( impotence ) and other sexual difficulties
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs
  • Sterility
  • Injury to the rectum or other nearby structures

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Chronic or recent illness
  • Lung, kidney, liver, or heart disease
  • Smoking , alcohol abuse , or drug use
  • Use of certain prescription medicines
  • Diabetes

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including...