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Abnormalities of the prostate can restrict the normal flow of urine. A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland. Different procedures have been develped to accomplish this. 


Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

A scope is passed up the urethra to the prostate, where prostate tissue is excised. This is a common operation for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and outcomes are excellent for a high percentage of these patients (80-90%).


Laser prostate surgery

Another surgical method utilizes laser energy to remove tissue. With laser prostate surgery a fiber optic cable passed through the urethra is used to transmit lasers.


Open prostatectomy

In an open prostatectomy the prostate is accessed through an incision that allows manual manipulation and open visualization through the incision.


Laparoscopic prostatectomy

This is a laparoscopic procedure involving small incisions made in the abdomen used to remove the prostate.