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A detailed Overview of Radical Prostatectomy

India is home to some of the most sought-after super specialty medical and healthcare facilities that specialize in providing a comprehensive range of urological services of top-notch quality. In addition, these hospitals have the end-to-end support of top-grade health professionals as well as have access to the highly advanced endoscopy instruments along with best-in-class machinery that helps in diagnosing and treating problems including, urological cancer, stone disease, incontinence, impotence, infertility, along with other urinary problems.

Also, Indian facilities have full access to the newly-found techniques like urethral strictures that allows the treatment of prostate cancer and bladder cancer. Along with that, these hospitals houses urodynamics equipment that helps in detecting the abnormalities in urinary bladder causing urinary incontinence. Further, such units also have the necessary facility to cure ureteric stones sans surgical intervention; it is done with the help of a technique called lithotripsy.

What is Radical Prostatectomy?

Radical prostatectomy involves a technique of removal of the prostate that comprises a capsule and seminal vesicles. Actually, the prostate is a gland that envelops the neck of the bladder along with the urethra in a male.

What are the steps involved in the Radical Prostatectomy?

Radical prostatectomy is executed under anesthesia and it takes around one and a half to four hours to complete. Following are the series of steps followed:

Step 1: In a radical prostatectomy procedure, the operating surgeon makes an incision which begins below the navel and reaches to the pubic bone. This procedure has several variations; in a variation, a smaller, curved incision passing the anus and the scrotum’s base is made, following which the prostate is then removed surgically.

Step 2: Next, a nerve is spared to preserve the patient’s erectile function. When the prostate is removed, the urethra is sewn to the bladder’s neck using a urinary catheter, a narrow tube that is made to pass through the urethra to reach the bladder.

Step 3: Around the wound site, drains are placed and then finally the incision is closed.

Finally, once the surgery finishes, the patient is transferred to the surgery recovery room. The catheter attached to the patient is removed after 2 to 3 weeks following the procedure, and dressings are kept and regularly changed until the wounds have dried up.

What are the advantages offered by Radical Prostatectomy?

Radical prostatectomy gets rid of cancer in the prostate gland along with the adjacent lymph nodes. Being an open surgical approach, the surgeon has the access to a larger area to operate on which in turn allows better access to the prostate gland, seminal vesicles, and lymph nodes. Also, the patient who has undergone this method savors the benefits such as shorter hospital stay, quicker and less painful recovery.

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