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Prostate surgery side effects

Prostate surgery side effects

A lot of people feel some side effects caused by the prostate surgery. People who go through robotic prostate surgery experience the side effects quite often.

When is the right time to undergo prostate surgery?


It is really hard for people to decide whether it is important for them to undergo prostate surgery and it is best that people discuss that with their doctor. A vast number of men have prostate problems. The problems caused by the prostate occur more often in older men. A problem like prostate enlargement does not happen overnight. It steadily happens over the years. Prostate enlargement and prostate cancer cannot be treated in the same way. When a person suffers from prostate cancer a doctor will usually recommend a surgery in order to remove it. On the other hand, surgery is not the only option for an enlarged prostate. A person can undergo a drug therapy or some other non surgical options in order to cure this ailment. Because of this it is important to know that there are other options before a person decides to undergo a surgical procedure.

Side effects of prostate surgery

Urinary dysfunction
This is one of the most common side effects after a prostate surgery and lots of people suffer from it.

Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is another side effects that happens to a lot of men after they have a prostate surgery. The reason why this happens is because the nerves which are near the prostate get removed during the surgical procedure. This is not permanent since there are treatments that can help a person get rid of this problem.

Bowel dysfunction
This side effect is not that common as the previous two but it still occurs. The main reason for this side effect is a possible damage to the rectum during a prostate surgery.

Pain and bleeding
Pain and bleeding happen to almost all patients who undergo this surgical procedure. Usually the pain and bleeding stop in a couple of weeks or months but if they do not a person will need to look for some alternative treatments.

Infertility
Even though it does not occur so often, infertility can be one of the side effects of this surgery. Removal of the prostate and the seminal vesicles can lead to infertility.

Premature and retrograde ejaculation
Premature ejaculation can be a side effect of the prostate surgery. This, along with retrograde ejaculation is considered to be one of the rarest side effects of this surgical procedure.

Side effects caused by a laser prostate surgery are frequent urination, infections of the urinary tract, loss of control of the bladder and the formation of the scar tissue in the urethra. Enlarged prostate surgery side effects include pain while urinating, TURP syndrome, blood in the urine, erection problems and narrowing of the bladder neck.  

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