What is Prostatectomy?
Prostatectomy is a surgical procedure for the removal of all or part of the prostate gland. The operation is done because of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), as well as for prostate cancer and other cancers of the pelvis that cause urinary retention.
There are two kinds of prostatectomies. A simple prostatectomy (also referred to as subtotal prostatectomy) is the partial removal of the prostate. Simple prostatectomies are mostly done for benign conditions.
A radical prostatectomy is the removal of the entire prostate gland, seminal vesicles and the vas deference. It is done to treat prostate cancer.
Radical prostatectomy can be performed using four main techniques which take about 3 to 4 hours.
Your surgeon will make and incision between your belly button and pubic bone. This surgery takes 2 to 4 hours.
Your surgeon creates 3-4 small cuts instead of one big cut. Long, thin devices are inserted into the cuts. The surgeon positions a thin tube with a video camera (laparoscope) inside one of the cuts. This gives your surgeon the ability to see inside your belly during the procedure.
Your surgeon creates an incision in the skin between the anus and the perineum (base of the scrotum). The incision is small compared to the retropubic technique. This technique usually requires less time and causes less loss of blood. However, the surgeon will have a harder time conserving the nerves around the prostate or to remove nearby lymph nodes with this technique.
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