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On call: Prostate surgery and nighttime urination

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Prostate surgery and nighttime urination

Q. I am a 66-year-old subscriber. When I had my annual checkup, my doctor discovered that my PSA had jumped to 5.8. A urologist diagnosed prostate cancer, and I decided to have my prostate removed. I've done fine since, with a PSA of 0 and perfect control of my urine "" except that I have to get up to urinate two or three times every night, just as I did before surgery.

I thought that prostate operations were supposed to help with nighttime urination. What went wrong?

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