Prostatitis: Frequently Asked Questions
No, BPH has not been linked to cases of prostate cancer.
Radical prostatectomy might be done for selected cases of prostate cancer, but not for BPH. The surgery is much more complicated and has a higher risk of post-operative medical problems. Removal of the entire prostate may cause erectile dysfunction and incontinence in some men.
If you want to avoid the operating room, and if you urinate better taking pills, then the pills are just right for you. Some men complain that the pills are lifelong and cost them too much. Check your drug plan. A minority of men don’t like the pills because of side effects. The procedures eliminate the need for pills in most men and results often last a lifetime.
Some men argue that PVP cause less bleeding and rarely requires a post-operative catheter. On the other hand, urologists who favor TURP say they get the same results as a PVP. To a large degree, it’s the training and preference of the surgeon that counts. If you trust your urologist, let them do what they do best!