A member posts the following comment: "men have been tricked into having surgeries we should not have had." Yet for some men surgery seems to be absolutely effective. For example, there are clear examples that laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) can rid some men of severe symptoms of chronic prostatitis; click here
to see one example. For LRP there is a trial ongoing to help better quantify the likelihood that a man will benefit.
The member's post raises questions:
1) Which types
of surgeries do men have for chronic prostatitis symptoms?
2) What is the rationale
for their choice? Are there data
3) In which cases have there been good
4) Are there any data on the likelihood
of good outcome with any type
Consider the story of Merlin Gill
, who had symptoms for 25 years. These drove him to have a 1) transurethral
prostatectomy and 2) simple retropubic
prostatectomy. Neither was effective. It was only when he had his laparoscopic radical
prostatectomy that his symptoms went away.
In other words, it may be that the type
of procedure really matters. And to this end, the only paper I can find on the topic is this 1982 report
of transurethral prostatectomy, which leaves more questions than it answers.
If you have had a surgical procedure for prostatitis other than LRP, which type
was it? What was your treatment objective? Why did you select the type of treatment that you selected? Did you meet your treatment objective?