A long, thin tube with a viewing instrument (cystoscope) attached is inserted into the urethra. Prostate tissue is removed through the cystoscope.
What To Expect After Surgery
You are usually hospitalized for 2 to 3 days. Complete recovery typically requires 3 to 4 weeks.
Why It Is Used
This surgery may be done for:
Chronic bacterial prostatitis that resists antibiotic treatment, with or without infected prostate stones ( prostatic calculi).
Repeated urinary tract infections because of another prostate problem for which surgery may be appropriate, such as prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH).
How Well It Works
Very few studies have been done to see how well this surgery works for prostatitis. It is not usually recommended as a treatment for prostatitis.footnote 1
Inability to get or keep an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Retrograde ejaculation. This means that semen flows the wrong way, from the prostate to the bladder rather than from the prostate through the penis.
What To Think About
To eliminate category II (chronic bacterial) prostatitis successfully, the surgery must completely remove the portion of the prostate that contains the infection.
Nickel JC (2012). Prostatitis and related conditions, orchitis, and epididymitis. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 327–356. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Current as of:
March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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