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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about surgery for a benign (non-cancerous) enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Learn how the surgery works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how this surgery is done, view our animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
Discover the typical out-of-pocket costs HCF members can expect to pay for surgery for a benign enlarged prostate and learn how your choice of doctor and hospital affect that cost.
What is the prostate gland?
The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland that produces and secretes the fluid in a man’s semen. It’s located at the base of your bladder and wraps around your urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from your bladder out through your penis.
What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a non-cancerous condition where your prostate grows larger due to the growth of normal cells within your prostate gland. This puts pressure on your urethra which can make urination difficult. It commonly affects men over 60, and is caused by hormonal changes.
What is prostate surgery?
Prostate surgery removes part or all of your prostate gland.
Treatments to consider before opting for surgery
There may be non-surgical alternatives, depending on your circumstances.
Types of prostate surgery and how they’re performed
There are several different ways to perform prostate surgery.
Results vs risks of the surgery
The benefits and potential complications of surgery.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a urologist who specialises in your surgery.
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