Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to prostate removal.
Prostatectomyis the surgical removal of the prostate gland.
- Prostatectomy is performed to treat for prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia) when the prostate gland is greatly enlarged, causing urinary difficulties and other problems.
- Prostatectomy is performed to treat
prostate cancerwhen the cancer cells have not yet spread beyond the prostate gland.
- Prostatectomy usually eliminates the ability to
ejaculatenormally but does not usually impair the ability to have an orgasm.
- The two major complications of prostate removal are possible long-term incontinence and
impotence(inability to achieve or maintain an erection). Percutaneous prostate cryoablationis a promising, newer, still-experimental technique that freezes cancerous tissues and can be used for men with advanced stages of prostate cancer.