At Bakson Multispecialty Hospital Prostatectomy includes a number of surgical procedures to remove part or all of the prostate gland. This gland is located in the lower abdomen of men, below the urinary bladder. It is most often done to treat localized prostate cancer. It can also be used to treat a blocked urethra caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate glands.
The main type of surgery for prostate cancer is a radical prostatectomy. In this operation, the surgeon removes the entire prostate gland plus some of the tissue around it, including the seminal vesicles. The different types of operations include:
The risks with any type of radical prostatectomy are much like those of any major surgery. Problems during or shortly after the operation can include:
The major possible side effects of radical prostatectomy are
These side effects can also occur with other forms of prostate cancer treatment.
After surgery for prostate cancer, normal bladder control usually returns within several weeks or months. This recovery usually occurs slowly over time.
There can also be no ejaculation of semen with orgasm, loss of fertility since the vas deferens is cut during surgery, lymphedema in the legs or genital areas due to removal of many lymph nodes around the prostate and length of the penis may decrease due to shortening of the urethra.
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