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The prostate is a part of the male reproductive organ and is located between the bladder and the penis, in front of the rectum. It is the size of a walnut and normally weighs 15-20 grams. The main function of the prostate is to produce sperm. Normally, the prostate stops growing after between 20-25 years of age and will begin to grow again after the age of about 45. The enlarged prostate may progress into other diseases of the prostate, including prostate cancer.
A radical prostatectomy is the removal of the prostate and there are three methods that may be used:
It is a surgical treatment option for prostate cancer.
Your treatment plan will depend on the stage of your disease and your general health. Immediately after the procedure you will have a catheter in place to empty your bladder. You will see your doctor about one week after being discharged to have your wound checked. You will likely be recommended to avoid lifting heavy objects for a while after the procedure. Full recovery normally takes three to four weeks.
After the procedure, your doctor will assess your health and your surgical wounds and provide recommendations for self-care. Your doctor will then decide if you are fit to travel, taking into consideration your health and safety.
The success of the procedure depends on the stage of the disease, the patient’s physical and mental health, and the patient’s quality of life after the procedure, including the risks of not undergoing treatment. Please talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options.
What if the procedure is not performed?
A prostatectomy is not the right treatment option for everyone and you should discuss all risks and benefits of the procedure (and of not having the procedure) with your doctor.
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