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Why is the prostate removed?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Prostatectomy: Prostate is removed because of benign prostate hyperplasia causing urinary obstruction to relieve obstruction carcinoma of prostate in some cases.
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Dr. Michael Wolff
Dr. Michael Wolff commented
undefined 39 years experience
Removal of the entire prostate(radical prostatectomy) is only done for prostate cancer. Removal of the obstructing portion of an enlarged prostate(simple retro pubic prostatectomy) is done for a massively enlarged prostate(severe BPH).
Jul 21, 2012
Dr. James Gulley
Hematology and Oncology 27 years experience
I agree with Dr. Wolff.
Apr 6, 2013
Dr. James Gulley
Hematology and Oncology 27 years experience
Prostate removal: The most common reason to remove the prostate is for localized prostate cancer. The procedure is called radical prostatectomy. However if a male patient has a bladder cancer that requires removal of the bladder, generally a procedure that removes both the bladder and the prostate is done.
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 32 years experience
Prostate removal: The two most common reasons to remove the prostate would be for surgical treatment of prostate cancer and for severe obstruction caused by benign prostatic hypertrophy (bph), although BPH is often first treated with trials of medication and or partial removal of prostatic tissue.
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