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A guide to prostate removal surgery

Prostate removal surgery, also known as a prostatectomy, removes the prostate gland, the organ at a man’s bladder base. It can be partially removed or completely removed, depending on the patient’s need and the doctor’s prognosis.

Prostate removal

An open prostatectomy is where there is an incision made at the base of the belly or an opening that is made between the penis and the anus. Through this incision, the surgeon will remove a portion of the prostate organ or a part of it. Laparoscopic surgery It can also be done via laparoscopic surgery. This is where there are several incisions made and a lighted camera will go in one opening and another instrument through another opening to remove the prostate. Laparoscopic surgery typically has less down time.

Why have prostate removal surgery

Those who may benefit from a prostate operation include those who cannot empty their bladders, those having slow urination, and those with prostate enlarged bladder stones. Others who may decide on prostatectomy surgery are those with prostate bleeding, an enlarged prostate, or those who have prostate cancer.

Recovery

After prostate surgery, there is typically a two to four-day hospital stay. Patients may be sent home with a catheter that will last for one to three weeks to help to drain the bladder. There can be blood or pain while urinating, and there can be urinary frequency and urgency. The patient should drink lots of fluids, but not coffee, cola, or alcohol so as to keep from irritating the bladder. They will not be able to lift anything that is heavy for at least a month. They may need a stool softener.

Paying for prostate removal

Many factors go into the cost of a prostatectomy. These include the location of the surgery centre or hospital, the insurance, and your pre-existing health. If the cost is going to be a problem, ask upfront about what is the typical billing, ask what your insurance will cover and get pre-approval for the surgery, and ask about setting up a financial billing plan for the rest of the bill. Depending on the depth of the surgery (simple procedure without complications versus prostate cancer with metastasis), your doctor may have a general idea of the costs involved.

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