What is a Laparoscopic Prostatectomy?
Now a routine procedure at Cleveland Clinic, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgery procedure used to remove the cancerous prostate.
When is this procedure used?
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is used to treat patients who have localized prostate cancer. We offer this procedure to all patients who are candidates for open radical prostatectomy.
What does this procedure involve?
Unlike traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery requires only five small, button-hole incisions, through these incisions, a surgeon uses a laparoscope—a tiny camera—and specialized surgical instruments to remove the prostate.
How long does this surgery take?
Although this surgery takes approximately 3 hours to perform, patients generally feel much better and have significantly fewer pain requirements in the early operative period. Unlike open surgery where the catheter stays in for two to three weeks, most laparoscopic prostatectomy patients have their Foley catheters removed on the third day after surgery.
What are the advantages of this procedure?
Traditional surgery for tumor removal requires an eight-inch incision, at a minimum. The minimally invasive technique requires four five tiny incisions (of less than half an inch) for the surgical instruments. Laparoscopic prostatectomy offers surgeons unparalleled visualization of the pelvic area, thus permitting precise removal of the prostate. Patients also experience significantly less blood loss.
- Additionally, patients benefit from:
- Reduced hospital stay (1½ days average) and faster healing
- Less postoperative pain
- Shorter recovery time
- Quicker return to normal activity (one to two weeks) and work (two to three weeks)
- Smaller incisions and less scarring
How long has Cleveland Clinic been performing laparoscopic prostatectomies?
Cleveland Clinic has the most experience of any health care center in the United States related to laparoscopic prostatectomy. Our specialists have been performing laparoscopic prostatectomy procedures for the past three years.
We are investigating the long-term effects of the procedure versus the open radical prostatectomy. Preliminary results suggest that return to continence and potency is comparable to that of the open procedure.
Our staff will provide a comprehensive evaluation and refer you to the appropriate physicians for your specific condition.
For more information contact:
Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
800.223.2273 extension 45600