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Dr. Michael Yu
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Radical Prostatectomy (Overview)

Radical prostatectomy refers to complete removal of the prostate specifically for cancer. This also involves removal of the attached seminal vesicles and part of the vas deferens. It can be done with or without "nerve sparing" depending on anticipated severity of disease. Other forms of prostatectomy are typically subtotal (e.g., turp) intended for relief of symptoms of enlargement.


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How useful is radical prostatectomy?

How useful is radical prostatectomy?

For cancer yes: Used generally for Prostate cancer as long as the disease is deemed curable by that method ...Read more

Dr. Michael Yu
39 doctors shared insights

Radical Prostatectomy (Overview)

Radical prostatectomy refers to complete removal of the prostate specifically for cancer. This also involves removal of the attached seminal vesicles and part of the vas deferens. It can be done with or without "nerve sparing" depending on anticipated severity of disease. Other forms of prostatectomy are typically subtotal (e.g., turp) intended for relief of symptoms of enlargement.


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How effective is radical prostatectomy?

How effective is radical prostatectomy?

Complicated question: Radical prostatectomy (RP) can be very effective done properly, especially for cancers confined to the prostate gland (stage T2). It has been shown to reduce risk of metastasis and death in trials compared to no surgery. This is a topic of much debate centered on the fact that while effective if done properly, it may not be necessary for many men. The benefits appear to accrue to younger men ...Read more

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How well does radical prostatectomy work?

How well does radical prostatectomy work?

Complicated question: Radical prostatectomy (RP) can be very effective done properly, especially for cancers confined to the prostate gland (stage T2). It has been shown to reduce risk of metastasis and death in trials compared to no surgery. This is a topic of much debate centered on the fact that while effective if done properly, it may not be necessary for many men. The benefits appear to accrue to younger men ...Read more

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How are radical prostatectomy done in australia?

How are radical prostatectomy done in australia?

A few approaches.: Most radical prostatectomies in developed countries are done either as open radical prostatectomies or as robotic prostatectomies. Laparoscopic prostatectomy is less frequently performed, and open perineal prostatectomy is mostly no longer performed. Though the relative numbers of each differ from center to center and country to country, these are the surgical approaches available in australia. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a radical prostatectomy?

What is the recovery time after a radical prostatectomy?

Varies. : After surgery, patients are admitted with a catheter in place & often a pelvic drain. Hospital stay is 1-2 days, & the drain is removed usually at discharge. The urinary catheter is removed at 5-7 days. Almost all men at this point will experience urinary leakage & erectile dysfunction, which improves with time. At 6 weeks, the incision site should be healed and all activity restrictions lifted. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: radical prostatectomy?

What is the definition or description of: radical prostatectomy?

Complete removal: Radical prostatectomy refers to complete removal of the prostate specifically for cancer. This also involves removal of the attached seminal vesicles and part of the vas deferens. It can be done with or without "nerve sparing" depending on anticipated severity of disease. Other forms of prostatectomy are typically subtotal (e.g., turp) intended for relief of symptoms of enlargement. ...Read more

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What can I do to support a family member with radical prostatectomy?

What can I do to support a family member with radical prostatectomy?

Be sensitive.: Radical prostatectomy patients have to deal with both a diagnosis of cancer & with the recovery associated with surgery. They may not feel entirely whole as they deal with the initial urinary leakage and loss of erectile function. Despite this, these patients typically rebound from their surgery quite quickly & be encouraged to resume the activities & hobbies they enjoyed. Good luck to you both. ...Read more

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Can I have children when a radical prostatectomy has been done, without adopting?

Can I have children when a radical prostatectomy has been done, without adopting?

Yes but expensive: Yes but you'd have to get sperm from your testicle. If you haven't had surgery yet you can donate and save it. If you have had it they can harvest sperm from the testis and perform icsi. A fertility specialist would do it. @thepeedoc www.Peedoc.Com. ...Read more

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Erections after a radical prostatectomy, should I be concerned?

Erections after a radical prostatectomy, should I be concerned?

You should be glad: If i understand, you're getting erections after you had your prostate taken out, just like you did before. That's a good thing. You're in no danger. ...Read more

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Is there something they will give me for anxiety before I do a radical prostatectomy?

Is there something they will give me for anxiety before I do a radical prostatectomy?

Typically yes: Most anxious patients will receive a dose of Midazolam -a valium cousin- prior to leaving the pre-op area. Current shortages of this drug _2/12_ may limit this practice or require substitution. Your surgery will typically be done under general anesthesia, though your anesthesiologist will discuss your options. ...Read more

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Dr. David Samadi
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Prostatectomy (Definition)

Prostatectomy generically refers to total or partial removal of the prostate gland by surgical or endoscopic means for benign or malignant conditions. More commonly it refers to radical prostatectomy, an operation to treat prostate cancer, though in the past, endoscopic prostatectomy (TURP) for enlarged prostate (BPH) was a more common operation ...Read more