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What is prostate removal surgery?

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Radical prostatectomy is a prostate removal surgery that may cure prostate cancer in men if the cancer is contained within the prostate, according to WebMD. The procedure removes the gland tissues surrounding the prostate as well.

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A radical prostatectomy can be done by several different methods, according to the American Cancer Society. A radical retropubic prostatectomy involves making an incision and working through the front lower abdomen. If nerves surrounding the prostate are too close to the cancer, the nerves are removed, and the man loses the ability to have spontaneous erections. A perineal prostatectomy approaches from the area between the anus and scrotum. A laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is less invasive and may be done with the assistance of robotic arms.

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