Retropubic /transvesical prostatectomy for BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) refers to the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Although the condition is often symptom-free, it can cause problems with the urinary tract. In this case, your doctor may recommend that the damaged area of the prostate gland be removed by means of a procedure known as a retropubic or transvesical prostatectomy. During this procedure, your doctor will make a small incision, and remove the affected tissue. During a retropubic prostatectomy, a part of the prostate is removed through an incision in the pelvis. During a transvesical prostatectomy, part of the prostate is removed through the bladder wall.
Transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy of the prostate for suspected prostate cancer
If your doctor suspects that you may have prostate cancer, he may recommend a transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy of the prostate. This test will help confirm cancer diagnosis. During the procedure, your doctor will insert a hollow needle through the rectum and into the prostate gland. When the needle is removed, a small sample of prostate tissue is collected and sent to a laboratory for further testing. Prostate cancer is very rarely located in just one area of the prostate, so numerous samples will be taken from various parts of the prostate. Once the results are returned from the lab, your doctor will explain the findings to you and discuss the best possible treatment options.