Transurethral Prostatectomy for Prostatitis
This procedure involves removal of part of
prostate gland through the
A long, thin tube with a viewing
instrument (cystoscope) attached is inserted into the urethra. Prostate tissue
is removed through the cystoscope.
What To Expect After Surgery
You are usually hospitalized for 2 to 3
days. Complete recovery typically requires 3 to 4 weeks.
Why It Is Done
This surgery may be done for:
How Well It Works
Very few studies have been done to
see how well this surgery works for prostatitis. It is not usually recommended as a treatment
- Urinary incontinence
- Inability to
get or keep an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Retrograde ejaculation. This means that semen flows the wrong way, from the prostate to the bladder rather than from the prostate through the penis.
What To Think About
To eliminate category II (chronic
bacterial) prostatitis successfully, the surgery must completely remove the
portion of the prostate that contains the infection.
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
Nickel JC (2012). Prostatitis and related conditions, orchitis, and epididymitis. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 327–356. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Current as ofJune 4, 2014