Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy at Lowcountry Urology Clinics
The physicians of Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have years of experience performing radical retropubic prostatectomy procedures. We invite referring physicians to consider us for their patients who require this procedure.
As a service to our referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics would like to present some basic information on radical retropubic prostatectomy that you may wish to share with your patients.
Details of the Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Procedure
This surgical procedure involves the removal of prostate gland through an incision in the patient’s abdomen. Radical retropubic prostatectomy is most often used to treat early stages of prostate cancer. Urologists often perform the procedure under general, spinal, or epidural anesthesia. Blood transfusions are required in about 20% of surgeries.
The most common surgical approach is to make an 8-10 cm incision below the belt line. The surgeon identifies the prostate, which rests below the bladder and above the urethra. The surgeon removes the prostate, and then reconnects the patient’s bladder and urethra.
Recovery from the Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Procedure
Patients can typically walk and eat as son as 24 hours after the procedure. The Urologist will leave a surgical drain in the pelvis for several days, as well as a catheter inserted in the penis to the patient’s bladder for about a week.
Complications of the Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Procedure
Post-op, some patients will experience urinary incontinence and/or erectile dysfunction. Patients are urged to discuss potential complications with their physician.
Choose Lowcountry Urology Clinics for Your Patients
For your patients that require radical retropubic prostatectomy, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC is a referral you can make with confidence. Contact us today!