Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgery procedure that is used to remove a patient's cancerous prostate. Laparoscopic surgery is different from traditional open surgery by making five small incisions as opposed to one large one to perform the surgery. This leads to less abdominal trauma, better cosmetic outcomes, and is a faster recovery process.

How long does this surgery take?

Although this surgery takes approximately 3 hours to be performed, patients generally feel much better and have significantly fewer pain requirements in the early operative period.

What are the advantages of this procedure?

Traditional surgery for tumor removal needs an eight-inch incision, at a minimum. The minimally invasive technique requires four or five tiny incisions (of less than half an inch) for the surgical instruments. Laparoscopic prostatectomy provides surgeons unparalleled visualization of the pelvic area, thus permitting precise removal of the prostate. Patients also experience significantly less blood loss.
Additionally, patients benefit from:

  • Reduced hospital stay (1½ days average) and faster healing
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Quicker return to normal activity (one to two weeks) and work (two to three weeks)

Why would someone need a laparoscopic prostatectomy?

Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy can be used to treat patients who have localized prostate cancer. This procedure is offered  to all patients who are candidates for open radical prostatectomy.