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Conditions of the prostate affect millions of men each year. Many times, these conditions and their symptoms can be treated medically. However, there are times when an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer requires surgery for more permanent relief of symptoms or to stop cancer from spreading.
Surgeons at New Hanover Regional Medical Center perform different types of prostate surgeries, including prostatectomies using robotic surgery.
Your surgeon will advise you on which procedure is right for you.
Surgeons use a procedure called Transurethral Resection Prostate (TURP) to treat enlarged prostates that may be interfering with the function of your urinary system.
The procedure involves trimming the prostate through a scope to remove obstructing prostate tissue. This requires catheter drainage post-operatively and a two-to-three day hospital stay.
GreenLight HPS (High Performance System) of the prostate is an effective alternative for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. This procedure uses a high-powered laser to immediately vaporize and remove tissue that may cause urinary obstruction.
The benefits of this procedure include:
- Restoration of the natural urine flow
- Relief from urinary symptoms
- Long-lasting sustained improvement
- Quick and painless recovery
- Virtually blood-free treatment
- Preservation of erectile function
A simple prostatectomy helps relieve urinary symptoms from a non-cancerous condition such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. The procedure involves removing the part of the prostate that is blocking the flow of urine.
A radical prostatectomy is used to treat prostate cancer. The surgeon removes the cancerous prostate and some of the surrounding tissue while preserving important nerves and blood vessels. It can be done as an open surgery or as a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure through small incisions.