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Prostate Removal

Prostate Removal : Putting It All Together

Last updated on:
23/04/2012

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to prostate removal.

  • Prostatectomy is 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 cancer when the cancer cells have not yet spread beyond the prostate gland.
  • Prostatectomy usually eliminates the ability to ejaculate normally 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 cryoablation is a promising, newer, still-experimental technique that freezes cancerous tissues and can be used for men with advanced stages of prostate cancer.
 
 

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