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Hello Everyone - I posted this in another thread and thought I would start a new discussion with it. If you are a BPH sufferer, and you are overwhelmed by all the procedures being offered for your condition, here are some questions I used for myself as I pursued (and obtained) a solution for my BPH problem:
Will my bladder neck be touched/disturbed?
Will my urethra be touched/disturbed?
Will my sphincters (internal or external) be touched/disturbed?
Will my nerve bundles be touched/disturbed?
Will I get a short-term fix or a long-term solution?
Next, determine if the following are goals you want to achieve after the procedure is performed:
A. Pee freely like you did when you were a young man.
B. Continue being sexually active.
C. Not have any urgency.
D. Not have incontinence issues.
E. Not get up multiple times per night.
F. Not have to insert catheters up your penis.
G. Have the ability to normally hold your bladder.
H. Never worry about where the next bathroom is.
I. Travel freely, whether to town or around the world.
J. Not have to control your fluid intake regardless of the time of day or night.
K. Not have to take any medication/herbs/vitamins to control anything to do with your BPH.
Finally - "Is all the above simply a fantasy/wish list, or is this really achievable?"
What I have shared above is about me, my experience 7-months ago, and the outcome I was able to achieve and the goals I was able to meet (yes, I met every one of the goals you see listed). You notice none of above ever mentions the terms non-invasive, minimally-invasive, invasive, or radically invasive. These terms scare us first before we ever get a chance to be honest with ourselves about what we really want for our BPH problem. As a result, we could be running away from the very procedure that gives us everything we want.
Again, only food for thought. If the above is not where you are mentally or physically with your BPH problems, please disregard. To each his own.
P.S. My BPH problem was acute full retention with a MRI measured prostate of 265g (no cancer). I had a simple robotic prostatectomy (NOT radical), which is a shelling out of the prostate lobes like an avocado, leaving the prostate lobes intact. Access was gained through the abdomen (small robotic incisions), the bladder, and then into the prostate. Released from the hospital 24 hours after procedure and wore a foley for the next 10-days to allow bladder to heal. I do not take (or require) any medication for my now ex-BPH problem. If you would like further information, just private message me and I would be glad to share.
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