I'm hoping someone has some feedback on this subject and that this is the right place to bring it up. (I can't find another area on T-Nation that seems more appropriate for a male medical issue.)
I have urinary blockage owing to a moderate to severe case of BPH (enlarged prostate). Flomax has had little effect and the doctor says the next move for me is TURP - Trans-urethral Resection of the Prostate. This is where they insert special instruments into the urethra and remove material from the prostate in the area of the bladder neck. A hot wire loop instrument is used to widen the opening.
This is a somewhat common surgery for hard cases of BPH, and the stats are such that the risk is low for erectile side effects or negative effects on sexual sensation - although there are exceptions.
The only unavoidable side effect is that the surgery would forever cause me to have retrograde ejaculations - where the semen issues into the bladder rather than out of the penis. This is because of the weakening and removal of some prostate muscle tissue that squeezes together and prevents backflow into the bladder during orgasm. The doctor and all of the online information say this is completely harmless - though somewhat unpleasant (for obvious reasons).
I can never empty my bladder as it is now, and it has begun to have a large effect on my lifestyle.
Has anyone here had this surgery? How did it work out for you? How long has it been since you had it? Any complications or side effects worth mentioning?