Benign Enlargement of Prostate

Patient information – Prostate surgery for Benign (Non cancerous) enlargement of the Prostate (BPH)

Benign enlargement of the prostate is a common condition that occurs in men as they get older. In some of these patients the symptoms may be troublesome enough to warrant treatment. The aim of the treatment is to relieve the symptoms and improve quality of life.

Treatment options include medical treatment with tablets or surgical treatment with a telescope to create a channel in the prostate using different energy sources, including laser energy or modified electrical energy.

Medical treatment with tablets may not be a suitable option for some men due to various reasons including poor response to treatment, inability to tolerate side effects of the tablets or if there are complicating factors of BPH which are better dealt with by surgery.

Most men will be able to have surgery by telescopic means. The length of stay, expected outcomes and possible side effects of the surgery will be fully discussed during the consultation.

Very occasionally men with a very large prostate may require a cut or a surgical incision in the lower abdomen for the procedure.