Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Open simple prostatectomy eases urinary symptoms and complications resulting from blocked urine flow. These can include:
- A frequent, urgent need to urinate
- Difficulty starting urination
- Slow (prolonged) urination
- Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
- Stopping and starting again while urinating
- The feeling you can't completely empty your bladder
- Urinary tract infections
- Inability to urinate
Open simple prostatectomy may also be done to treat or prevent complications due to blocked urine flow, such as:
- Recurring or persistent urinary tract infections
- Kidney or bladder damage
- Inability to control urination (incontinence)
- Recurring blood in your urine
- Bladder stones
Because open simple prostatectomy has a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery time than other procedures, it is typically reserved for men who have:
- A very enlarged prostate
- Bladder problems or other problems that can also be repaired during surgery
- Bladder stones
- Severe bleeding (hemorrhage) from the prostate
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