Transurethral Prostatectomy for Prostatitis
This procedure involves removal of part of the prostate gland through the urethra .
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 for prostatitis.1
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