Clínica Universidad de Navarra
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a surgical technique used to remove the entire prostate, the seminal vesicles and the lymph glands
Using a laparoscopic approach avoids the need to make an incision in the lower abdomen and reduces the risks and discomfort associated with open surgery.
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy needs 5 small incisions in the abdomen, sufficient to remove the prostate, seminal vesicles and pelvic vesicles.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes between 2 and 4 hours. Patients usually have to stay in hospital for between 3 and 5 days.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
We recommend to maintain sexual relations on the two days prior to the operation to empty the seminal vesicles, which makes the operation much easier.
You also have to flush your intestines with enemas or laxative solutions.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
During the surgery you will be fitted with a catheter that will be left in place for between 10 and 21 days. Two days before the catheter is removed and for three days afterwards you must take antibiotics to prevent urinary infection.
Possibly, you will have to take an anticoagulant treatment for 15 days after the surgery and you must practice exercises to recover your urinary continence.