What is a radical prostatectomy?
This is a common treatment for prostate cancer. The aim of the procedure is to completely remove the prostate gland with the contained cancer. Often the nearby lymph nodes are removed to check whether the cancer has spread.
Who can have surgery?
You may be offered surgery if:
The different types of surgery
There are several different surgical techniques for removing the prostate.
A single surgical incision is made in the lower abdomen below the belly button. Less frequently, the cut is made in the perineum, the area between the scrotum and the back passage.
There are two ways of performing keyhole surgery (also referred to as laparoscopic surgery or minimally invasive surgery).
The advantages of keyhole surgery is that you are likely to lose less blood, have less pain, spend less time in hospital and recover more quickly than with open surgery.
Advantages and potential side-effects of surgery
The outcomes of surgery are dependent on your age, general health and the stage of your cancer.