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My husband is taking medication for an enlarged prostate.  He doesn't want to be in a position of having to take medication forever.  He is 68.  Would prostate removal be an option.  How long is recovery?
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I just had my prostate removed because of Prostate cancer.  Though my recovery is going "well," I wouldn't recommend removal of a prostate because of BPH -- surgery should be a last recourse.  Your husband doesn't want to deal with the issues of incontinence and E.D. if he doesn't have to be in that position.  What does your doctor say about this?  My stepfather has BPH, and there are other ways to manage this besides removal.  I understand not wanting to be on meds--I am 48 and have resisted taking certain medications, but since cancer surgery, if that is what it takes to have better health, I will be taking meds.  Perhaps your husband should investigate some natural supplements such as Saw Palmetto/lycopene formulas. He also could try the "Mediterranean Diet" which is supposed to be very good for prostate health.
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Hi.

I am assuming that your husband has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, and not prostate cancer, based on just taking medication for his condition.

If your husband wants to undergo surgery, he should consult his urologist about its pros and cons. There are now minimally invasive procedures for prostate disorders which have faster recovery times than open surgery.

Hope this helps.
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