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SURGERY FOR BPH: FROM THE WAITING ROOM TO THE RECOVERY ROOM

The decision to have surgery can be reached by a number of routes:

A BPH patient's prostate may have continued its growth; his symptoms, instead of diminishing, may have increased to the point of intolerability. According to Dr. Steven Gumbert, cancer of the prostate occurs more frequently in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia—although hyperplasia has not been shown to actually be the cause.

The patient may be legitimately concerned that his cancer tests have produced "false negative" results. This means that he may have an inaccurate test result that fails to show the presence of a cancerous minor, which can later be found by a biopsy or other medical diagnosis. He may be concerned about the possibility that a cancerous prostate nodule is lurking undiscovered, ready to spread to other parts of the body.

The patient may be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he and his doctor may have determined that nonsurgical options such as radiation and hormone treatment are unlikely to resolve the problem.

If you (together with your doctor and your family) have made the decision to have surgery, then you will need to make preparations for the time before and after the operation.

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