Prostatectomy: Everything You Need to Know
Prostatectomy encompasses the group of surgical procedures that remove part or all of the prostate gland, which is situated below the urinary bladder and within the pelvis. A prostatectomy can be customized to address the medical needs of individual patients.
Dr. Luis Herrera is a leading urologist who has many years of experience performing prostatectomies in Tijuana, Mexico, for local and international patients. Unidad de Urología is located one mile from the United States border in an upscale area known for its first-rate hotels and restaurants. Patients seeking quality care can receive affordable treatment in this luxurious setting.
Why Are Prostatectomy Treatments Performed?
There are multiple reasons why a prostatectomy may be needed. Dr. Herrera provides both minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and radical prostatectomy to treat patients who have prostate cancer.
Additionally, the procedure may also be performed to address an enlarged prostate. This treatment is known as a simple prostatectomy. Men with severe urinary symptoms or enlarged prostate glands can benefit from this procedure. As with radical prostatectomy, Dr. Herrera can perform the surgery laparoscopically to minimize scarring. Simple prostatectomy doesn't remove of the entire prostate. Instead, Dr. Herrera will only remove the obstructive tissue that is interfering with prostate function.
Am I a Candidate for Prostatectomy?
There are many factors to consider before undergoing a prostatectomy. If the procedure is being performed to treat prostate cancer, the patient’s age and the rate of prostate cancer aggression will be considered by your physician before a surgical recommendation is given. At all times, your personal goals will be carefully factored into Dr. Herrera's recommendation.
Patients who seek simple prostatectomy to treat urinary problems often have:
- A frequent need to urinate
- Difficulty initiating urination
- Slow urination
- Increased need to urinate at night
- Frequent stopping and starting again while urinating
- The sensation of not being able to empty your bladder
What to Expect During the Procedure
To minimize the number of incisions that need to be made, Dr. Herrera will perform your prostatectomy laparoscopically, if possible. Your surgery will be performed at our state-of-the-art medical facility in the Zona Rio district of northern Tijuana, Mexico.
Dr. Herrera will begin by administering general anesthesia. Then, several small incisions will be made near your lower abdomen, through which the doctor can perform the surgery. Dr. Herrera will use an advanced video camera known as a laparoscope to view your prostate and surrounding structures. Cancerous or obstructive tissue will be removed as needed and any incisions will be sutured.
Dr. Herrera will be available for questions while you recover. One benefit of working with Unidad de Urología is that we offer the full medical tourism experience. You will have outstanding medical treatment in a beautiful part of Tijuana that caters to your relaxation.
Schedule Your Prostatectomy with an Esteemed Urologist
By working Dr. Herrera’s surgical center, patients can benefit from treatments that cost a fraction of what one would typically pay in the United States. Our facility meets the same high standards as medical facilities in the United States and we pride ourselves on providing personalized, comprehensive care. To schedule your visit, please contact our office online or call (619) 392-8516.