One common treatment that may be an option for prostate cancer is surgery. The main type of surgery for prostate cancer is radical prostatectomy.
Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is the most common approach to radical prostatectomy. This operation involves removing the prostate and often involves removing pelvic lymph nodes as well. Robotic surgery utilizes several small incisions and is associated with decreased blood loss, less post-operative pain, and a shorter hospitalization. When considering whether surgery is an option for each patient, the surgeon and patient will examine several factors, including overall health, type and stage of the cancer, as well as each patient’s unique goals and expectations.
Radical retropubic prostatectomy is another method for removing the prostate and involves making an incision below the belly button through which surgery is performed to remove the prostate. Depending upon the characteristics of each patient, this may be an option as well.