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