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BPH – Surgery Risk

February 20, 2021
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Any surgical procedure that requires a trip to an operating room and anesthesia is inherently risky. Some folks undergo anesthesia without a hitch. However, many, especially those with preexisting cardiac issues or cognitive issues, have trouble with anesthesia. So anesthesia by itself is a risk factor. We start cutting into the prostate or lasering the prostate. So either the Terp surgery or the similar laser procedures. There can be enough bleeding to be significant. That can be a risk. The risk of requiring a catheter afterwards, essentially a hundred percent, can be problematic, both in terms of comfort and even increasing the risk of infection. And there is no procedure to the prostate that guarantees a lifelong freedom from those symptoms. So I suppose another risk would be incomplete effect. So when we consider the term surgery, not only is the procedure itself risky in the short term, catheter is required. There's also a concern about delayed bleeding. Sometimes this occurs as early as a couple of weeks after, out to maybe four to six weeks after. So in a urologist's care who performs a Terp surgery, a patient is generally advised to limit activity for up to six weeks afterwards.

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