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Radical prostatectomy

You may be offered an operation to remove your prostate, called a radical prostatectomy.

There are 3 different ways of removing the prostate: laparoscopic or “keyhole” surgery, robot-assisted keyhole surgery, or open surgery. Your doctor will discuss the surgery method, which is most appropriate for you.

A radical prostatectomy is a major operation, and each method has its risks. The aim of the surgery is to cure the cancer.

Laparoscopic surgery: During laparoscopic, or keyhole, surgery, a surgeon will remove the prostate using several small cuts in your tummy. The surgeon will also use a small camera, called a laparoscope, to help them see the prostate clearly during the procedure.

Robot-assisted “keyhole” surgery: Robot-assisted keyhole surgery is done by trained surgeons, so it is only available in certain hospitals. It is sometimes called RARP or RALP. During the procedure, the surgical equipment is attached to robotic arms, which are controlled by the surgeon.

Open surgery: Open surgery involves one large cut into your tummy or the area between your scrotum and back passage.