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72 years old, good health, dealing with enlarged prostate

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72 years old, good health, dealing with enlarged prostate for 10 years, non-cancerous
Prostate 120 gr. Urologist suggests robotic prostate removal, leaving outer shell, as opposed to TERP which would require 2 procedures
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Urology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I think you mean TURP which is transurethral resection of prostate tissue.

wow, 120gm prostate is huge.

removal of the prostate, even leaving the outer shell can increase your risks for urinary incontinence.

the prostate does help hold urine back and helps you to not have to urinate as frequently.

TURP cuts out less prostate tissue, cuts out some chips of prostate gland on the inside and widens the urethral flow for urine

so it is not as drastic as taking out the whole prostate gland.

I would hate for you to have your prostate removed and then have to suffer with urinary incontinence.

you can also have the TURP procedure in one or two steps and if you still have trouble urinating, the robotic procedure is still a possibility. you can't go back to have the TURP if you have urinary problems from the prostatectomy.

talk to your urologist about these issues.

let me know if you have other questions.

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