Prostate Removal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is the prostate removed?
The prostate is located under a man’s bladder.  The prostate also surrounds the urethra. As men age, the prostate naturally enlarges. The enlargement can put pressure on the bladder and urethra creating bladder infections. It may also create difficulty in urination. Removing the prostate (prostatectomy) helps relieve this pressure and can eradicate these problems.

How does the urologist remove the prostate?
There are several procedures used to remove the prostate. Each procedure has different risks and benefits. However, not all urologists use all methods and not all patients will qualify for all methods.

The most common types of prostate removal include Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), laser prostatectomy, a transurethral needle ablation (TUNA), and an open prostatectomy.

Why do urologists use TURP?
The big advantage of TURP is that it does not create an outside surgical cut. The drawback to TURP comes with the difficulty of removing especially large prostates.

Which procedure is the least invasive?
The laser prostatectomy is the least invasive allowing patients to return home the same day. This procedure uses laser energy to remove enlarged prostate tissue, resulting in an open channel for urine to flow-through.
•    ILC – Interstitial laser coagulation uses laser energy
•    HoLep – holmium laser enucleation of the prostate uses laser energy
•    GreenLight Laser Therapy uses laser therapy

There are some less invasive procedures available to men. They use heat to remove the prostate.
•    TUNA – Transurethral needle ablation uses ultrasound
•    TUMT – Transurethral microwave thermotherapy uses a microwave antenna fed through a catheter
•    TUVP – Transurethral electrovaporization uses a roller ball to heat the prostate tissue.
•    WIT – Water-induced thermotherapy uses a heated water catheter

Where can I find a urologist?
You can use Doctor Finders to locate a urologist in your area or find one that does the particularly prostatectomy you are looking for.

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