Mayo Clinic's approach

A Mayo physician explains prostatectomy options to someone who needs prostate surgery Answers to your questions

At Mayo Clinic, your doctor takes the time to listen to your questions and explain your options for prostatectomy.

A comprehensive, personalized approach

Having surgery is a highly personal experience. At Mayo Clinic, your doctor will listen to your individual concerns and issues. He or she will explain all options and approaches to prostatectomy and answer your questions, designing a plan of care that matches your unique needs. Mayo Clinic's extensive experience and technical capabilities with prostatectomy are brought to bear within a reassuring, people-centric setting.

A Mayo Clinic surgeon discusses treatment options with colleagues. Team approach to care

A Mayo Clinic surgeon discusses treatment options with colleagues.

Experience and expertise

Mayo Clinic urologic surgeons and care teams collaborate with one another on all aspects of care for prostatectomy surgery, bringing unparalleled experience and expertise together for each person's benefit.

Mayo Clinic urologists have been performing radical prostatectomy procedures for several decades. Each year, more than 1,300 people choose to have these procedures at Mayo Clinic. Research suggests that surgical outcomes are directly linked to the number of procedures a surgeon has performed.

Mayo surgeons are performing a prostatectomy Experienced surgeons

Mayo Clinic surgeons have vast experience in all forms of prostatectomy, performing a high volume of procedures each year.

Advanced technology and treatment options

Mayo Clinic surgeons are experts in all types of radical prostatectomy, including robot-assisted prostatectomy. Mayo Clinic surgeons pioneered the use of robot-assisted prostatectomy surgery and have been successfully performing and advancing this surgery for many years.

A surgeon sits at a remote console and conducts robot-assisted prostatectomy. Robot-assisted prostatectomy

While a surgical team assists at the operating table, a Mayo Clinic surgeon sits at a remote console and uses robotic arms to conduct robot-assisted prostatectomy.

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.

Mayo Clinic surgeons have been performing and perfecting the radical prostatectomy procedure for decades, both in open and robot-assisted forms, and have contributed significant advances in the understanding of robotic prostatectomy technology and techniques.

Research and innovation

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. Through this database, Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers track treatments and outcomes, helping them develop techniques that offer you the best chance for cancer cure and optimal quality of life.

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Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic urologic surgeons and care teams leverage their decades of experience and expertise as well as research advancement to make sure people having prostatectomy surgery have the best possible outcomes.

Experience and expertise

Mayo Clinic urologists have been performing radical prostatectomy procedures for several decades. In fact, on average Mayo surgeons perform more than 1,300 of these procedures each year. Research shows that doctors who perform many prostate surgeries and work in medical centers that care for many men undergoing prostate surgery generally provide superior outcomes.

Comprehensive cancer center

Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and urology by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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