Prostate Cancer

Radical prostatectomy

During this operation the entire prostate gland is removed surgically in an attempt to cure the disease. It is only done when the cancer has not spread from the prostate, and usually in men under 70. It is a common operation for prostate cancer. An incision is made in the abdomen or in the perineum, the area between the legs between the scrotum and the anus. The operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Most men remain in hospital for three to seven days. Some of the men who had this operation describe their hospital experiences (also see section on 'Side effects of treatments').

The latest way of performing radical prostatectomy is laparoscopic (keyhole surgery), either standard or robot assisted. These are minimally invasive with the advantages of reduced blood loss, postoperative pain and a shorter hospital stay. For more information see Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

Last reviewed July 2017.
Last updated July 2017.


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