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Surgery is one of the main treatments for prostate cancer. You might have an operation to remove your prostate gland (radical prostatectomy). Or surgery to help to relieve the symptoms of prostate cancer, such as difficulty passing urine.

You can also have surgery to remove your testicles as part of hormone treatment. 

Types of surgery to treat prostate cancer

Find out about the different types of surgery for prostate cancer.

Surgery to remove your prostate gland

You might have surgery to remove your prostate (radical prostatectomy) to treat prostate cancer. Find out about how you have it. 

Surgery to remove the inner part of the prostate gland (TURP)

Prostate cancer can sometimes block the tube that carries urine from the bladder (urethra). You can have an operation to remove part of the cancer.

Surgery to remove the testicles (orchidectomy)

Find out about surgery to remove the testicles to treat prostate cancer.

Preparing for surgery

Before surgery, you have tests to check your fitness and you meet members of your treatment team. You usually go into hospital on the morning of your operation.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Find out how you’ll feel after your surgery, possible problems after surgery and your follow up appointments.

Problems after surgery

Find out about the possible complications after your surgery for prostate cancer.

Last reviewed: 
17 Jun 2019

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