Surgery for Prostate Cancer
All-inclusive Surgery for Prostate Cancer
Tour Length: 10 Days 9 Nights
Procedure takes approximately 2½ to 4 hours
You will require a general anesthetic, which means you will be fully asleep during the surgery. The surgery can take 2-4 hours depending on the approach.
In some cases, the urologist may remove a small amount of tissue near your prostate that contains lymph nodes. This will provide information on whether the cancer has spread. One of the first places prostate cancer may spread to is the lymph nodes. Your urologist will discuss this with you before surgery.
How long will I have the catheter after the surgery?
The catheter is removed seven days after the surgery.
How does a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy compare to open as far as the cancer cure rate?
The results of cancer control in both laparoscopic and open radical prostatectomy patients is essentially identical. This is confirmed in major institutions across the country where this procedure is being performed on a routine basis.
How long do I need to have a catheter after the laparoscopic radical prostatectomy?
For open surgery, the catheter is removed after two to three weeks. However, with a laparoscopic prostatectomy, the catheter is removed seven days after the operation. This is done in our office guided by X-ray to ensure the urethra is properly connected to the bladder.
What is the blood loss for this procedure?
The average blood loss for this procedure is about 150cc, significantly reducing the risk of blood transfusion.
Are the nerves responsible for sexual function being spared during this procedure?
Every effort is made to spare the nerves. One of the main advantages of this procedure is the fact that the nerves and vessels are all magnified and it is much easier to save them. Return of potency could take up to six months and, in some individual cases, Viagra has helped the patients.