A prostatectomy is a surgery to remove all or part of the prostate gland to remove prostate cancer. Surgery is usually offered as a treatment option for men who are otherwise healthy.
Radical Perineal Prostatectomy
In a radical perineal prostatectomy, the prostate is removed through and incision made in the perineum, the area between your anus and scrotum. The recovery time for a perineal prostatectomy is usually shorter than a retropubic prostatectomy.
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
A radical retropubic prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the prostate by means of a “retropubic approach.” This means that your prostate will be removed through an incision in your pelvis above the pubic bone in front of the bladder. Your doctor may also remove and test lymph nodes from the area to make sure the cancer has not spread.
Robotic-assisted prostatectomy is a minimally-invasive surgery to remove the prostate. Using robotic arms that translate your surgeon’s hand motions into very precise actions, small incisions are made in the layers of your tissue to remove the prostate and surrounding tissue if needed.