When Is Surgery Considered In The Treatment Of Prostate Cancer, And What Are The Potential Complications?

Dr. Mark Gonzalgo answers the question: 'Potential Prostatectomy Complications?'

March 16, 2009 -- Question: When is surgery considered in the treatment of prostate cancer, and what are the potential complications?

Answer: Surgery for prostate cancer is best suited for you if you are most likely to benefit from it -- that is, if you have curable disease that has not spread widely beyond the prostate. If you are healthy enough to undergo an operation without additional risks of complications or if you're going to live longer enough to need to be cured from the disease, then you can consider yourself to be a suitable surgical candidate. Small risks of the operation include bleeding, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and the possibility of developing blood clots either in the legs or the lungs.