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What is a radical retropubic prostatectomy?

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A radical retropubic prostatectomy is surgery to remove the prostate and nearby lymph nodes. In most cases, surgeons can remove the gland without cutting nerves that control erections or the bladder, making impotence or incontinence much less common than in the past.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

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