A radical prostatectomy is a removal of the prostate and surrounding organs. This operation is performed for those patients with prostate cancer. There are two different methods of removal; open and robotic assisted. The main difference between these two methods is the type of incision. Open prostatectomy is done via a single abdominal incision and robotic prostatectomy is done via several small abdominal incisions.
How to prepare for the procedure
A radical prostatectomy is performed under general anesthesia. When preparing to have a procedure performed under anesthesia you can expect to start fasting the night prior to your procedure. Please consult with your surgeon to discuss the pre-operative testing which may include; blood work, chest x-ray, EKG, discontinuation of medications, and clearance for other medical reasons. The procedure will be done at the hospital. Patient will be admitted to the hospital for a few days and discharged home with a catheter in for several days.