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What causes prostate trouble?

Your prostate gland is an organ that lies under your bladder and surrounds your urethra (tube that carries urine and semen to the tip of your penis). Prostate trouble is caused by the growth of your prostate gland.

Figure showing the position of the prostate gland

 

It is normal for your prostate gland to get larger with age. If the gland tightens around your urethra, it can interrupt the flow of urine from your bladder.

What are the benefits of surgery?

You should get a better flow of urine and improved bladder emptying, and not need to pass urine as often during the night.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

For most men an operation is not essential. There are medications available to treat the condition but this is rarely a permanent solution.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. The operation usually takes less than an hour.

Your surgeon will place a resectoscope (a small operating telescope) into your urethra. They will make small cuts in the neck of your bladder where the prostate is restricting the flow of urine. This will open the neck of your bladder to relieve the pressure and improve the flow.

What complications can happen?

Some of these can be serious and can even cause death.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Problems having an erection
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Needing to pass urine more often and sudden urges to pass urine
  • Incontinence
  • Reduction in fertility
  • Narrowing of your urethra

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the next day.

You will feel a stinging pain the first few times you pass urine.

Do not do strenuous exercise during this time. After 2 weeks build up your activity level gradually. You should be able to return to work after 2 to 3 weeks, depending on your type of work.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most men make a good recovery, with a large improvement in their symptoms.

Your prostate gland can grow larger again and symptoms can come back and be worse. You may need another operation.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

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Summary

Prostate trouble is common. If your medication does not help or symptoms are severe, a bladder-neck incision should relieve your symptoms.

Disclaimer

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