Treatment: Radical Prostatectomy

A radical prostatectomy may be done to treat prostate cancer if the cancer has not spread beyond the gland. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires a hospital stay of about 3–5 days. The operation removes the cancer in most men, but afterwards about 1 in 2 men will have erectile dysfunction, and some will have a degree of urinary incontinence.

Site of incision

The procedure

The tumour is removed, together with the entire prostate gland, the seminal vesicles, and the neck of the bladder.

After the procedure

The bladder neck has been reconstructed and rejoined to the urethra (the tube from the bladder to the outside of the body).

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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