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Using An Open Prostatectomy For BPH

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One of the main ways of dealing with an enlarged prostate is treating BPH with an open prostatectomy. A prostatectomy was the first surgical procedure created to remove the obstruction of the prostate on the bladder. It is now only used in severe cases of prostate enlargement when the prostate is so large that other surgical procedures will not be enough.

Trans urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is now the gold standard of surgery for BPH because an open or simple prostatectomy will cause a large amount of blood loss and increase the chance of complications following surgery.

Surgical complications from a simple prostatectomy include blood clots and the wound becoming infected¹.

Only in cases when the prostate weighs over 100 grams would a prostatectomy still be considered.

What happens during a prostatectomy?

When an simple prostatectomy is performed, incisions are made in the patient’s abdomen big enough for a surgeon to remove the outer part of the prostate¹.

Large prostates can also be removed through keyhole surgery, where only tiny incisions are made, creating a less invasive surgical procedure with fewer complications¹.

Mr Christopher Eden
Consultant Urologist

1. NHS Choices – Prostate enlargement treatments. Date last updated: 13.07.11. Website:


10511 December 2011

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