Overview of Surgery

For those men who either do not get adequate relief with medications or for those who do not want to remain on medication for the rest of their lives, a number of surgical procedures are available to reduce or eliminate the symptoms. The gold standard is called the (T)rans (U)rethral (R)esection of the (P)rostate or TURP, often nicknamed a “roto-rooter”. In the last ten years, however, minimally invasive treatments have been developed. Before undergoing one of these, learn the pros and cons of each of them and then be able to participate in the choice of treatment. (Reviewed May, 2012)