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What are the surgical risks for BPH?

I have had a prostrate problem for over two years. My local hospital prescribed dutesturide and tamsulosin about two years ago and I do not think it has made much difference. I just believe that I am becoming accustomed to the problems and in the main control it myself. I consulted my doctor who has referred me back to the hospital where I am going to ask for the operation to get my normal flow back. They did previously say there is a risk in this. Can you tell me about the risks or is there a stronger medication that I can take in its stead to get me back to something like normal? My age is 70 and in most other areas am fit and well for my age.
Thank you.
Mon, 1 Aug 2016
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The maximal amount of medications that can be given has already been given to you and the next step would be operation called TURP. The main risks during operation are bleeding and infection and risk of giving spinal anaesthesia as for any other operation. After surgery again there is bleeding risk, risk of urine infections, risk of loosing erections in 10% of patients, formation of scar tissue in 1 in 10 patients requiring reoperation. 2 out of 10 patients may require another TURP operation in 10 years

Overall the complication rates are low unless you have other medical problems that can increase risk of an anaesthetic.
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What are the surgical risks for BPH?

Hi The maximal amount of medications that can be given has already been given to you and the next step would be operation called TURP. The main risks during operation are bleeding and infection and risk of giving spinal anaesthesia as for any other operation. After surgery again there is bleeding risk, risk of urine infections, risk of loosing erections in 10% of patients, formation of scar tissue in 1 in 10 patients requiring reoperation. 2 out of 10 patients may require another TURP operation in 10 years Overall the complication rates are low unless you have other medical problems that can increase risk of an anaesthetic.