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ADVANCES IN REMOVING A MAN’S CANCEROUS PROSTATE CONTINUE TO REAP BENEFITS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Prostatectomy, the surgical removal of a man’s prostate gland, used to be a messy operation that left many men with erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence.  Patrick Walsh, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, changed all that with new approaches, beginning 25 years ago.

WALSH: I’ve made 25 major advances in the operation over 25 years.  As a matter of fact over the last year I’ve made an innovation which has improved results.  Along the way the operation has been performed laparoscopically, and more recently with a robot assisted laparoscopic approach.  So today radical prostatectomy remains one of the most common forms of treatment for prostate cancer  whereas 25 years ago, only 7% of men with localized prostate cancer underwent surgery.   :29

Now many men who must have their prostate gland removed can undergo surgery with a dramatically reduced risk of unwanted side effects.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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