Open simple prostatectomy eases urinary symptoms and complications resulting from blocked urine flow. These can include:

  • A frequent, urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Slow (prolonged) urination
  • Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
  • Stopping and starting again while urinating
  • The feeling you can't completely empty your bladder
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Inability to urinate

Open simple prostatectomy may also be done to treat or prevent complications due to blocked urine flow, such as:

  • Recurring or persistent urinary tract infections
  • Kidney or bladder damage
  • Inability to control urination (incontinence)
  • Recurring blood in your urine
  • Bladder stones

Because open simple prostatectomy has a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery time than other procedures, it is typically reserved for men who have:

  • A very enlarged prostate
  • Bladder problems or other problems that can also be repaired during surgery
  • Bladder stones
  • Severe bleeding (hemorrhage) from the prostate
Jul. 23, 2013