alexa Open Prostatectomy for Huge Prostates: Our Experience in a Developing Country
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Tropical Medicine & Surgery
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Open Prostatectomy for Huge Prostates: Our Experience in a Developing Country

Ibrahim AG, Aliyu S and Ali N*

Department of surgery, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Department of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences University Ff Maiduguri, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:
Ali Nuhu
Department of Surgery
University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital
pmb 1414, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: February 28, 2013; Accepted Date: July 22, 2013; Published Date: July 27, 2013

Citation: Ibrahim AG, Aliyu S, Ali N (2013) Open Prostatectomy for Huge Prostates: Our Experience in a Developing Country. Trop Med Surg 1:132 doi: 10.4172/2329-9088.1000132

Copyright: © 2013 Ibrahim AG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Benign prostatic enlargement, the most common cause of lower urinary tract obstruction in elderly
men is commonly associated with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). Open prostatectomy is considered the
operative treatment of choice. The aim of this study was to review our ten-year experience with open prostatectomy
for huge prostates.
Patient and methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients that had open prostatectomy in University of
Maiduguri Teaching Hospital from January 2001-December2010, whose prostates weighed 200 g or more.
Results: Twenty-nine patients aged 60-97 years with a mean age of 76.3 ± 8.9 years were analyzed. The age
group 80-89 years accounted for highest number of patients. All patients presented with lower urinary tract symptoms
of frequency, poor urinary stream, and difficulty in passing urine, urgency/urge-incontinence, nocturia, and hesitancy.
Others were incomplete bladder emptying, post-micturition dribbling, and overflow incontinence. Complications of
bladder outlet obstruction at presentation were acute urinary retention, renal impairment, stones and haemorrhoids.
Intercurrent medical conditions were mainly hypertension and diabetes.
Conclusion: Open prostatectomy is the best option for patients with huge prostates, especially when associated
with complications in elderly patients with intercurrent medical conditions.

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