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Operation of a prostate adenoma

The adenoma of the prostate is a benign tumor that sometimes affects men from 50 years. This is actually an increase in the volume of the prostate.

We are now talking about benign prostatic hypertrophy. This hypertrophy, "HBP", causes discomfort well known to men: repeated urges to urinate, night lifts, difficult urination, "drip" and sometimes painful and difficult ejaculation.

Medications exist to reduce the symptoms. But if these symptoms are (too) inconvenient - the hypertrophy of the prostate is not serious - it is however sometimes necessary to operate it.

What types of operation?

There are two different surgical techniques for a prostate adenoma.

  • When the hypertrophy is not too large, the urologist may advise a trans-urethral resection, ie an operation of the tumor by natural means.
  • When, on the other hand, the hypertrophy is too large to be evacuated by natural means, the surgeon will recommend abdominal adenomectomy, that is to say, a classic procedure, with opening of the lower abdomen.

The choice of one or the other intervention has nothing to do with the severity of hypertrophy, or even with the discomfort it causes, but only with its size.

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Read also :

> Prostate and its affections
> Prostate cancer: from screening to treatment
> Operation of the gall bladder
> The operation of prostate cancer


Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert consultant: Professor Emmanuel Chartier-Kastler, urologist at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital (Paris).

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