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What are the different types of radical prostatectomy?

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The prostate gland lies just under the bladder, in front of the rectum. Surgeons choose from two different approaches to reach and remove the prostate during a radical prostatectomy. One is a traditional approach known as open prostatectomy. The other, more recent approach is minimally invasive. There are two minimally invasive procedures used in radical prostatectomy: laparoscopic prostatectomy and robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radical Prostatectomy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Wein, A. 9th edition, Saunders, 2007. Campbell-Walsh Urology,

Oncology Stat: "Minimally Invasive Prostatectomy Better on Some Measures, Worse on Others."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2016

SOURCES:

Wein, A. 9th edition, Saunders, 2007. Campbell-Walsh Urology,

Oncology Stat: "Minimally Invasive Prostatectomy Better on Some Measures, Worse on Others."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2016

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