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Complications of Surgery to Treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Several complications could develop from surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) . Which complication occurs depends on the type of surgery you have. Complications include:

  • A complete inability to urinate (acute urinary retention). Men who have this complication will need to have a urinary catheter until it gets better.
  • A risk of complications related to the anesthesia and surgery and a small risk of death (less than 1 in 1,000).
  • A strong urge to urinate (overactive bladder), which can also cause leaking of urine (urge incontinence).
  • Bleeding. The bleeding is sometimes severe enough that the man needs a blood transfusion.
  • Erection problems . Ask your doctor how many of his or her patients had this problem after surgery.
  • Retrograde ejaculation, in which semen flows backward into the bladder instead of out of the penis. While not harmful, this may make it more difficult to father children.
  • Scar tissue in the urethra that can build up and block urine flow. If that happens, the man may need a second surgery to fix it.
  • Urinary incontinence . Most men with this problem have only occasional dribbling.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
Current as of June 4, 2014

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