Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Harvard experts discuss surgical options for benign prostatic hyperplasia (Part 2 of 2)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one of the most common disorders affecting men as they grow older. Yet there is much confusion about the best way to treat this disorder surgically, in part because it seems that every year, a new surgical option is introduced.

The editors of Perspectives on Prostate Disease invited three Harvard experts to participate in a roundtable discussion to share their thoughts about the relative benefits and risks of current surgical treatments for BPH. The first issue of Perspectives presented their thoughts about the best drug treatments for BPH.

Editor's note: Men who decide to undergo surgery to relieve BPH symptoms have multiple options to choose from. Our panel of Harvard experts discusses the most common options, which are briefly defined below. See Table 13 for a comparison of recovery rates and other considerations.

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