Simple prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate. This surgery removes much of the prostate, but it may or may not remove all of the prostate. It may be done as an open surgery, a laparoscopic surgery, or as a laparoscopic surgery with robotic assistance.
Simple prostatectomy is not done very often for benign enlargement of the prostate. It may be recommended if:
You have a very large prostate.
You have bladder diverticula (pouches in the wall of the bladder) or bladder stones.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is not possible for another reason.
What To Expect
Simple prostatectomy may require spending one or more days in the hospital. You may go home with a urinary catheter in place. Your doctor will give you instructions about how to care for your catheter at home.
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