Less Isn't More When It Comes To Prostate Surgery

Friday, October 29, 2010 // Uncategorized

11/3/2008 12:00:00 AM

Enlargement of the prostate or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) is a common problem as men get older.  This results in diminished urinary stream and increases the number of times that a man must get up at night to urinate.  In it’s most severe form it may cause urinary retention, an inability of the bladder to empty. Urinary retention is common after surgical procedures.  Treatment consists of medicines designed to reduce the size of the prostate like finasteride (Proscar) or relax the muscles at the base of the bladder such as Flomax (tamsulosin).  When they become ineffective, surgery is an option.  There has been a lot of interest in less invasive surgical procedures than the TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).  This study suggests that while they have fewer side effects they are also less effective.Minimally Invasive Prostate Surgery

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