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    Transurethral Prostatectomy for Prostatitis

    This procedure involves removal of part of the prostate gland through the urethra camera.gif.

    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

    Risks

    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.

    Citations

    1. 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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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