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How common is it for somebody to get prostatectomy?
11 doctors weighed in

5 doctors agree
In brief: 60,000 men a year
Make sure you need it.
Many men die with their prostate cancer rather than from it.

In brief: 60,000 men a year
Make sure you need it.
Many men die with their prostate cancer rather than from it.
Dr. Andrew McCullough
Dr. Andrew McCullough
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Dr. George Klauber
Excellent response. Far too many men undergo unnecessary prostatectomies just because they had an elevated PSA and then a positive biopsy demonstrating minimal foci of low grade cancer that would never have harmed them.
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Very Common
Most frequent operation performed by urologists.
Many urologists perform 2 - 10 opearations/week. Simple transurethral or sub-capsular open prostatectom for benign prostatic obstruction. Radical robotic, laparoscopic or open radical prostatectomy for cancer. Some of us feel that possibly too many men undergo radical prostatectomy. Always consider 2nd opinion before undergoing radical prostatectomy.

In brief: Very Common
Most frequent operation performed by urologists.
Many urologists perform 2 - 10 opearations/week. Simple transurethral or sub-capsular open prostatectom for benign prostatic obstruction. Radical robotic, laparoscopic or open radical prostatectomy for cancer. Some of us feel that possibly too many men undergo radical prostatectomy. Always consider 2nd opinion before undergoing radical prostatectomy.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Very - 2 kinds
Radical prostatectomy performed for cancer, about 100, 000 performed last year, robotically or open.
Probably far more than were necessary because most men die with rather than from prostate cancer. Older men with low grade cancer have choice of do nothing, radiation or hormonal. Other reason for prostatectomy is for benign prostatic hypertrophy, usually by transurethral resection less by open surg.

In brief: Very - 2 kinds
Radical prostatectomy performed for cancer, about 100, 000 performed last year, robotically or open.
Probably far more than were necessary because most men die with rather than from prostate cancer. Older men with low grade cancer have choice of do nothing, radiation or hormonal. Other reason for prostatectomy is for benign prostatic hypertrophy, usually by transurethral resection less by open surg.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Daniel Culkin
Urology - Oncology
In brief: 100,000
Last year 90, 000 prostatectomies were done robotically and tejeré were a fairly large number done with the standard open techniques.

In brief: 100,000
Last year 90, 000 prostatectomies were done robotically and tejeré were a fairly large number done with the standard open techniques.
Dr. Daniel Culkin
Dr. Daniel Culkin
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