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Minimally Invasive Procedures for Prostate Cancer

Surgeons at the Brady Urological Institute offer several different minimally invasive procedures for patients with prostate cancer. Depending on the size of the tumor and each patient’s unique needs, doctors may choose perineal prostatectomy or nerve-sparing robotic radical prostatectomy.

These procedures provide patients with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and an earlier return to daily activities.

Perineal Prostatectomy

Perineal prostatectomy involves two small incisions made between the rectum and scrotum. The prostate gland is separated from the bladder, rectum and urethra, and removed.

A catheter is then placed to help drain the bladder.

Nerve-Sparing Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

During nerve-sparing robotic radical prostatectomy, small instruments are passed through five to six tiny incisions across the abdomen. These instruments allow the surgeons to remove the prostate gland with great precision.

A telescope lens is inserted into one of the incisions to provide doctors with a three-dimensional view of the delicate structures surrounding the prostate gland.

The prostate gland is then carefully removed through an incision near the bellybutton.

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