Radical prostatectomy is surgery to remove the prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes. This surgery is offered as a treatment for men with prostate cancer.

A surgeon can perform a radical prostatectomy using different techniques, including:

  • Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy. The surgeon makes several small incisions in your lower abdomen to remove the prostate. He or she sits at a console, using instruments attached to a mechanical device (robot).
  • Open radical prostatectomy. The surgeon makes an incision in your lower abdomen to remove the prostate. Rarely, this incision is made between your anus and scrotum (perineal surgery).
  • Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. The surgeon makes several small incisions in your lower abdomen and inserts special tools to remove the prostate.

Your surgical team will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each technique, as well as your preferences, to determine which approach is best for you.

Read more about open prostatectomy.

  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic prostate specialists are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate conditions.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic urologists have been performing radical prostatectomy procedures for several decades and perform more than 1,000 of these procedures each year, helping ensure the highest level of care. Research suggests that outcomes for people after surgery are directly linked to the number of surgeries the surgeon has performed.
  • Newest technology. Mayo Clinic surgeons are leaders in robotic surgery. Using instruments attached to a robot during laparoscopic surgery helps the surgeon make more precise movements with surgical tools than is possible with traditional laparoscopic surgery.
  • Latest research. Mayo Clinic researchers are actively involved in studying long-term outcomes after radical prostatectomy. For decades, Mayo Clinic has been compiling a database from records of men who have had prostate cancer surgery. This database helps doctors and researchers to track treatments and outcomes, and helps them develop techniques that offer you the best chance for cancer cure and quality of life.
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Radical prostatectomies are performed by urologists and supported by additional medical specialists as necessary.

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Doctors and scientists in urology research at Mayo Clinic are studying new treatment options for prostate cancer and other urologic conditions. Researchers are actively involved in studying long-term outcomes after radical prostatectomy.

For decades, Mayo Clinic has been compiling a database from records of men who have had surgery for prostate cancer. Researchers use this information to monitor outcomes, search for trends and ensure overall quality of care.

Prostate cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on radical prostatectomy on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Jul. 17, 2013